Workshops

The Comprehensible Classroom has provided on-site training for districts and organizations internationally since 2011. Led by Founder Martina Bex, our team of trainers support teachers in the transition to Comprehension Based™, Proficiency Oriented Language Instructions. All of our trainers are current and former teachers that have implemented with success the strategies that they teach in our workshops.

CUSTOM WORKSHOPS

Our Professional Development Coordinator will work with your organization to custom-tailor presentations and workshops for your specific needs.

For more information, please send us a short message that includes your name, the name and a description of the organization you represent, where you are located, what kind of professional development you are looking for (Keynote address, presentation, workshop, partnership), your time frame, and your budget:

SAMPLE WORKSHOPS

BRINGING CULTURE BACK 

You have pinned hundreds of resources, archived every story script on the Internet, and spent a small fortune building your class library, but you have no idea how to put it all together. In this session, participants will learn how to use high frequency word lists to map curriculum and how to follow a logical unit-mapping sequence to develop coherent, compelling, and culturally-rich units that meet Common Core Standards.

REAL COMPREHENSIBLE

Bring together the worlds of CI and Content Based Instruction (CBI) with Comprehensible Content-based Instruction (CCBI)! Amaze, inspire, and challenge your students as you broaden their worldview and pique their interest in diverse subject matter as you find interesting topics to share with your classes. Participants will experience CCBI in duplicatable instructional sequences that can be adapted for nearly any content!

PLAN FOR PROFICIENCY: WHAT DOES PROFICIENCY ORIENTED LANGUAGE INSTRUCTION LOOK LIKE?

Unpack the definition of Proficiency Oriented Language Instruction as outlined by the Center for Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA). In this session, the presenter will outline the core elements of Proficiency Oriented Language Instruction, and participants will consider its implications on lesson design though participation in three mini lessons. Participants will leave with a template for planning proficiency oriented lessons.

MOVIETALK + TPRS = MAGIC

MovieTalk is an engaging and effective strategy for language acquisition that was developed for ESL students at the university level. Learn how to MovieTalk and how to combine it with the 3 steps of TPRS® and the essential skills that trained TPRS teachers have been practicing for several decades in order to maximize language acquisition and student engagement.

BULLSEYE! HITTING THE 90% TARGET

We know that students acquire language when they hear or read it and understand it. In order to maximize language acquisition, it is imperative that we follow ACTFL’s guideline of 90% minimum target language use in class. But how? There are many reasons that we revert to English and that our students use it in class. In this session, we will explore several reasons for which we often miss the target and how we can get it back in our sights, setting ourselves up for a bullseye!

QAR STRATEGIES FOR DIFFERENTIATING QUESTIONS

Question-Answer Relationships is a reading strategy developed by Taffy Rafael to train students how to more accurately respond to questions. As educators, we can use an awareness of QAR in our instruction and assessment in order to ensure that we use a wide variety of questions, create opportunities for critical thinking in the target language, and meet Common Core Standards for reading comprehension. Participants will learn how to use QAR in lesson design and how to introduce them to students. *Best of PNCFL 2016

#AUTHRES: SO EASY, A NOVICE COULD DO IT

In this workshop, participants will explore how language learners can experience the excitement and enrichment of authentic resources without feeling overwhelmed or incompetent. Participants will learn five scaffolding strategies that transform authentic resources into comprehensible input for their students, and they will use those strategies to develop five ready-to-use, Common Core aligned lessons that are centered on authentic resources.

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE: THE IMPACT OF TEACHING CULTURE IN THE TARGET LANGUAGE

Language teachers aim to train up a generation of empathetic, curious global citizens that can communicate in two or more languages. Often, it seems that the goals of linguistic and cultural proficiency are at odds–yet this is far from the case. Hear how a group of students were inspired through a Spanish-language reading to impact a community in Ecuador, and learn how you too can make a difference for your students and in communities throughout the world by teaching culture in the target language.

STRETCHING THE STORY: ACTIVITIES TO ENSURE SUCCESS

A completed class story is only the beginning of a story-based lesson! Stretch your class stories by using follow-up activities that provide students with additional repetitions of the target structures, require high-order thinking skills, and build confidence and competency for output. In this workshop, attendees will read a short story and then participate in six Common Core aligned, story-based activities that maximize the language acquisition available from any class story or text.

TPRS: FINALLY, THEY’RE FLUENT!

Most language teachers spend the first few weeks each fall reviewing everything that students have forgotten over the summer, only to watch them forget it forever upon graduation. But you don’t have to be like most language teachers. It is possible for your students to maintain their language proficiency over the summer and across a lifetime. In this introductory workshop, you will learn and experience first-hand how Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling uses compelling, comprehensible input to build life-long language proficiency in students and restore the joy of teaching to its practitioners.

CIRCLE UP!

Literature circles are a preferred method of reading instruction for English Language Arts teachers because of the personalization and depth of understanding that they foster. In this session, participants will learn how to achieve the same outcomes by using the traditionally student-led, output-driven literature circle framework to provide comprehensible input.

ASSESSMENT FOR ACQUISITION

It is time-consuming and mentally exhausting to develop assessments that are accurate, concise, and novel. In this session, the work has been done for you! Participants will leave this session with multiple templates for reading, listening, writing, and speaking assessments that work well in standards-based, comprehension-based courses. They will learn how to use these templates in isolation and how to combine them for IPAs and other benchmark assessments.

BEYOND TPRS

TPRS is a powerful way for teachers to develop the skills required to provide quality comprehensible input to language learners. Once they’ve graduated from ‘The School of TPRS” with a command of basic skills like circling, checking for comprehension, and personalization, however, many teachers are happy to discover that there are an infinite number of ways to build language proficiency without story-asking! Experience CI activities that are both engaging and effective, and learn how to facilitate and implement the same activities in your own classroom.

You can also scan my presentation handout page for ideas.