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Engage. Educate. Encourage.

The Comprehensible Classroom is a recognized leader in the field of World Language Teaching. Through our customized teacher training experiences, our team supports teachers in the transition to a Proficiency-oriented, Comprehension-based, and Acquisition-driven approach to teaching language.

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Empowerment through training

We believe that teachers are the experts in their classrooms. Our workshops equip teachers with information, skills, and resources that empower them to teach for acquisition with confidence.

Workshop attendees can expect clear explanations, guided reflection, and interactive demonstrations at every Comprehensible Classroom training. They will leave with actionable strategies that are grounded in a solid understanding of language acquisition and the belief that connection is at the heart of the human experience.

Types of Training

The Comprehensible Classroom offers training opportunities custom-tailored for individual teachers, districts, cohort-style small groups, and conferences.

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    Individual Training

    I am a teacher looking to explore Comprehension-based strategies for teaching language on my own.
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    District Training

    My district or organization would like to plan a training event for a group of teachers.
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    Conference Speaking

    Our conference planning committee is interested in booking a presenter for an upcoming event.

Instructional decisions have real-world impact

All of our products and trainings include a range of identities and perspectives so that participants feel equipped and empowered to support every student.

Our Instructors

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    Elicia Cárdenas

    Director of Training

    After partnering with The Comprehensible Classroom for two years as a part-time Curriculum Mentor and trainer, Elicia joined as the full-time Director of Training in 2020. Elicia travels throughout North America to work with districts and organizations that represent teachers who are ready to transform their classroom instruction through Comprehension-based instruction. Elicia is also the founder of the Deskless Classroom.

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    Martina Bex

    Founder & CEO

    Martina is a respected international expert and thought leader in the field of language education. Since founding The Comprehensible Classroom in 2010, Martina has partnered with Master Teachers to expand and diversify the company's trainings and products. Martina and Elicia work closely together to develop trainings that help teachers and districts experience success as they explore an acquisition-driven approach to language teaching.

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Elicia does a fabulous job of modeling mutual respect and positivity! She told us on the front end what she would present, asked us to prioritize our learning interests, and then geared her presentation accordingly. Her passion inspires others!

Teacher Labs Attendee

Mind much great information. I can't wait to check out the resources we were sent home with. I would love to have more training like this!

Workshop attendee

Thank you SO much for your contributions to the foreign language teaching profession. I have seen both Martina and Elicia at various conferences and they are both captivating and engaging presenters.

P. Spinelli

When your district pays for professional development from The Comprehensible Classroom and the wonderful Elicia Cárdenas is the one presenting, you feel good.


We really enjoyed the session yesterday, and our teachers have all sung your praises!

Sarah L.

This week’s training is the best I’ve ever attended. I’m still processing like crazy, but it’s good processing. As someone ready for deeper understanding, this absolutely blew my mind! Exceeds expectations!

TFA Attendee, Long Beach

This is one of the best professional development sessions I have attended in my 25 years of teaching. Elicia is professional, energetic, fun, smart, and cares a great deal about making a difference. She makes everyone feel comfortable and want to participate. She is a model teacher who not only taught me but inspired me!

District Workshop Participant

I loved everything about this presentation. She shared practical hands-on activities for the classroom setting. It was very beneficial and I cannot wait to implement all this knowledge into my practice!

FLENJ Workshop Attendee

This class is by far the best I have ever taken! In my opinion this should be a required course in college and graduate courses for anyone wanting to become a language teacher. 

J. Meziane; ABC Participant

Seeing you in action gave me so much confidence. This year, in the middle of remote learning and a pandemic, every single senior I teach says Spanish is their favorite class. I truly have the whole Comprehensible Classroom family to thank for that.

Ivette D.

I have learned so much from this course! I feel like I'm improving daily and I'm not kidding when I say how much more engaged my students seem with some of the small changes. They are responding so well! Students are still reaping the benefits now.

ABC Participant

Elicia is such a great presenter, so clear and focused on how to leverage the resources she uses to maximize the input! She is always so generous with her time to be sure all participants understand and are ready to move on!

Conference Attendee

This was one of the best sessions I went to all week. [...] I was blown away with Elicia's teaching style. She was so open and engaging that she made each of us in the over-crowded room feel welcome. She modeled many important social-emotional practices. Thank you Elicia for teaching me so much on multiple levels!

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Upcoming Workshop

Acquisition Boot Camp

January 2024

Acquisition Boot Camp (ABC) is a virtual, month-long self-directed intensive intended to introduce you to the basics of acquisition based teaching. In this course, we cover the theory of language acquisition, necessary skills for acquisition driven classrooms, techniques for using those skills with students, and an introduction to assessment for proficiency.

Our Partners

The Comprehensible Classroom proudly partners with organizations and districts to provide professional development to the language educators they serve.

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