Follow the comprehensible road to proficiency - a two day workshop by Martina Bex in Chittenango, NY July 24-25 2017

I am excited to partner with my alma mater to offer a two-day workshop for language teachers interested in learning about comprehensible-input centered instruction.

Dates: Monday, July 24, 2017 – Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Location: Chittenango, NY; just east of Syracuse – Chittenango is the birthplace of L. Frank Baum, author of the Wizard of Oz (and the downtown sidewalks are yellow brick!)

Cost: $50.00 – ALL proceeds benefit Chittenango-Bridgeport Dollars for Scholars


Lodging & transportation: While there are no hotels in Chittenango, there are several great ones in the area! The Hampton Inn in Cazenovia is brand-new, and you can stop at Chittenango Falls on the 15-20 minute commute. There is a nice Embassy Suites on Old Collamer Road in East Syracuse that is also close to Destiny USA–an enormous shopping mall–as well as downtown Syracuse. It is also 15-20 minutes from the venue. There is a Days Inn just off the Thruway in Canastota, and while it doesn’t have fantastic reviews, it is inexpensive and just 10-15 minutes from the school! There is also a Best Western Hotel at Syracuse-Hancock airport for anyone flying in that is a 20 minute drive from the venue and close to downtown Syracuse.

If you are flying in, you will need to rent a car or connect with a ‘local’ for transportation.

Questions? Contact!

*Unfortunately, NYS CTLE credit is not available as I am not CTLE certified in New York State


8:00 Check in

8:10-8:20 Welcome

8:20-10:20 TPRS®: Finally, they’re fluent!
10:30-12:00 Bullseye! Hitting the 90% target

12:00-1:00 LUNCH (Delivered)

1:00-2:30 Movie Talk + TPRS® = Magic
2:40-4:00 #authres: So easy a novice could do it

AGENDA – Day Two

8:00 Welcome Back

8:15-11:15 Bringing Culture Back

11:15-12:15 LUNCH (Delivered)

12:15-2:15 Beyond TPRS®
2:30-4:00 QAR Strategies for differentiating questions

Workshop Details:

  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • #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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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