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Workshops and presentations

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TPRS for older and more advanced students

Workshop - Round 1

It is often argued that TPRS is an effective tool for language acquisition for younger or beginning students but that the 'made up' stories do not work for older students and/or advanced levels. In this 1.5 hour workshop I will give a live example of a TPRS story directed at these students and show how stories can be compelling and intriguing for all students no matter what the age or level. You will actively participate in the story as if they were students in my advanced level IB Diploma classroom. Throughout the workshop, you will practice some of the core TPRS skills using advanced level structures.

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Enjoy online teaching
Presentation - Round 3

Teaching online hit everyone with a big surprise when COVID started. Suddenly, we had to change our well-established rhythms and teach via zoom/ teams/ google handouts/ etc. Since I have been teaching online since 2018 and had a little more time to get comfortable with it, I’ve got some secrets to share with you.

In this workshop, you will learn everything about how to make teaching online more enjoyable. I will show you all my tips and tricks to make it all run smoothly and without stress. Of course the focus of this workshop will be on TPRS/CI, so you will learn plenty of ways to make it highly interactive and fun, even though it’s “just online“.

For beginning and experiences CI teachers

Language: English

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Demo of a CI class in Latin

Presentation - Round 4

Experiencing a CI-class as a language student is one of the bes ways to get a feeling for the effect this way of teaching has on your students. And what would be more special than taking a Latin class. Who speaks Latin anyway? Well... CI-teachers (and students) do!

For beginning and experienced CI teachers

Language: English. Demo-language: Latin

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C-C-C: Comprehensible Compelling Cultural

Workshop - Round 2

Language and culture are inseparably, intimately and intricately interwoven. How can you use this fact in your language lessons and in the meantime being comprehended by your students and have compelling and fun lessons? Where your students not only master the target language but also appreciate it and the culture(s) in which it's embedded? Come and be inspired in this C-C-C workshop, where of course food can play a leading role in bringing culture into your CI classroom.

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Planning and curriculum strategies
Presentation - Round 2

How to start creating/integrating your own curriculum with CI methods.Do you feel like you are flying blind with regard to how to combine your teaching obligations with CI methods? Do you often find yourself worrying about what to do for your next lesson? If you want to free up headspace with a clear structure for your lesson planning on a macro level, this workshop is for you. I will share my own methods for navigating the curriculum at a German state school and we will develop some strategies for how you can easily design your perfect plan for the whole school year.

For experienced CI teachers

Language: English

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Free Voluntary Reading

Presentation - Round 4

Free voluntary reading is easier than you think if you do it right. This presentation will show  you how to set up a class library inexpensively and run it to maximum benefit of the students while keeping all the books in great condition for years. I have been using library boxes to great effect for many years and would like to share all the best practices with you.

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Demonstration CI-class Breton

Workshop - Round 2

Immerse yourself in this fascinating Celtic language, to experience how your own language will feel for a beginning language student. It's often hard to imagine how little a beginner understands from your language, because for you it all makes perfect sense. No better way to experience this than to put yourself in the place of your students and have fun learning an exotic language. 

For beginning and experienced CI teachers

Language: English. Demo-language: Breton

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Very Narrow Listening

Presentation - Round 3

Listening comprehension is very sadly neglected. We CI teachers know how important it is to speak slowly, to enunciate, to use high frequency structures so that our students can understand us. Yet they complain that the native speakers they meet or hear in films “have a bad accent”, mumble and swallow half the words. I wanted my students to be able to enjoy films in their original version. So, I developed Very Narrow Listening as a way of bolstering my students’ listening skills. I begin with a short scene with no subtitles and my students say it is “gibberish”. When we have finished, they say it is “Magic!”

For experienced CI teachers

Language: English. 

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Write and discuss

Workshop - Round 1

A successful new strategy that develops both reading skill and language acquisition. In this workshop you will experience a demonstration and work on preparing your own Write-and-Discuss class.

For experienced CI teachers

Language: English. Demo-language: Spanish

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Movement & language with Total Physical Response

Workshop - Round 1

Total Physical Response is a friendly, stress free method, effective in language teaching to both children and adults. It allows communication without a common language, because as a teacher you instantly notice whether the student understands the message. In this workshop, you will experience a TPR-class in Russian, and of course you will practice some yourself.

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How to plan the school year with CI?
Workshop - Round 1

Je moet een jaarplanning maken maar je weet niet hoe je alle CI-activiteiten organiseert, wat er op het programma moet staan en hoe je moet beginnen. Hoe geef je 110% met CI les maar volg je toch het curriculum waar jouw collega's mee werken? 

For experienced CI teachers

Language: English

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PQA (personalized conversations) for non-alfabetized language learners
Presentation - Round 4

I have been teaching non-alfabetized learners for years, and when I started using CI in my classes, the first thing I needed to figure out was how to make sure students understand you when you're doing PQA. 

These students cannot read the latin alfabet yet, and thus have no support from written language.

PQA stands for Personalized Questions & Answers. You ask one student individual questions and use their answers to circle this information with the rest of the group. In this presentation I will show you how you can clarify abstract concepts during a PQA conversation with your students. There will be time to exchange experiences and ideas. 

For beginning CI teachers

Language: Dutch

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Introduction to TPRS

Workshop - Round 1

TPRS is one of the most influential methods that are the basis of what is now called Teaching with Comprehensible Input. Classes with TPRS are dynamic, interactive and efficient, and are organized around co-creating stories in the target language with your students. These stores are the starting point for personal conversations and all kinds of dynamic reading activities. In this introduction you will experience a short story in Russian, and you will practice some basic TPRS-strategies. 

For beginning CI teachers

Language: English. Demo-language: Russian

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Discovering stories in art, using Visible Thinking Routines
Presentation - Round 4

Project Zero, an initiative of Harvard School of Education, promotes since 1967 a ‘Culture of Thinking’. Central are ‘Thinking routines’ which stimulate students to think deeper and to construct meaning by thinking and research. This workshop demonstrates how this works and will make you think! You will discover the story behind some interesting examples from Dutch street art and some other famous Dutch paintings.

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Story Listening

Workshop - Round 1 and 2 (same workshop)

Story Listening is a method based on the Dr. Stephen Krashen’s Input Hypothesis. The method was developed by Dr. Beniko Mason, who is a Reading and English teacher, as well as researcher in Osaka, Japan. You will receive a handout with information about the underlying research to better understand why Story Listening works so well for language acquisition. 
In the workshop we will focus on how to prepare a lesson and how to use Story Listening in the classroom. 

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Music and creativity in the Spanish CI classroom

Workshop - Round 2

In this creative workshop for Spanish teachers, you will learn about songs, poems, and a diversity of activities for the classroom and how to use them with students of different ages. 

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How to start with CI
Workshop - Round 2

You know about TPRS and CI, you are now convinced that this is the best way to teach for your students to acquire a language (and the best for you) but you are scared and you don´t know if you going to do it properly. In this workshop we will talk about how to start teaching with CI step by step, with no stress.

For beginning CI teachers

Language: English

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Story Formulas

Presentation - Round 4

Not everyone is a natural born storyteller. When I first began using TPRS I often struggled to co-create engaging stories with student-generated details. Stories would often fall flat or the classroom would erupt in frustration over whose details I had chosen. As a result, I began using what I call Story Formulas to help me stay on track, maintain an interesting storyline, and prevent classroom brawls over story details. In this presentation, you will see the entire process of Story Formula creation, implementation, and preservation. Additionally, you will learn how Story Formulas provide a curriculum as well as a library for free voluntary reading.

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Questioning beyond circling
Presentation - Round 3

Asking questions during your lessons is the absolute fundamental technique for successful implementation of Comprehensible Input. Circling is a form of asking questions, but not the only questioning technique available. Besides circling many more activities involving questions, answers and paraphrases will highly increase the interaction with your students and result in more fluent communication in the target language.

For beginning CI teachers

Language: English. Demo-language: Spanish

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Drawings as a means to establish meaning and increase engagement
Presentation - Round 3

Part 1: Background, examples and encouragement

In the first workshop you will learn why visuals are such a powerful tool and when you could use drawing in class. You will be shown that you already have

the ability to communicate visually through using simple lines and shapes.

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Using CI-techniques with illiterate students without a common language
Workshop - Round 2

Would you like to know how I use CI techniques in my classes to illiterate students with whom I have no common language? Then I welcome you to my workshop.

I have been teaching illiterate adults for many years. When I learned about TPRS and the CI-approach my first thought was that it was nothing for my students. However, nothing was further from the truth!

Of course, much needs to be adjusted. Much more attention needs to be paid to capturing meaning. And I also can't do a Comprehension Check just by asking "What did I say?" in a common language. How I approach these problems, you will see in my workshop.  You will experience firsthand what it is like to learn a language without written support, as well as without translations.

For beginning and experienced CI teachers

Language: English. Demo-language: Swedish

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Reader's Theatre

Workshop - Round 2

Reader's Theatre is a fun and dynamic way to enhance reading comprehension and engagement. Choose scenes from a CI novel and have them acted out by your students. This is the ideal way of bringing a text, story or dialogue to life, making your classes more creative and making the students really feel and understand what the text is about. 

Check out the trailer of this workshop!

For experienced CI teachers

Language: English

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Drawings as a means to establish meaning and increase engagement
Presentation - Round 4

Part 2: Visual teaching/learning: examples from the CI classroom

In the second workshop we will look at ways to take your core classroom activities and present this content in a more 'visual way'. We will look at word doodles, sketch-noting and visual templates for the C.I. classroom. You will get hands-on examples, ideas and strategies of how to create a ‘visual vocabulary’ to tell stories in the classroom. This workshop is about tapping into your creativity and that of your amazing students through simple hand drawn images created by both you and them! No artistic ability required, just an open mind!

The workshops are intended to complement each other, but they can also be followed separately.

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