STRIKING A BALANCE
Comprehensible Input is a great thing for a proficiency-oriented language classroom! But many vocal proponents of CI also express a very strong disdain for learning about the target language, i.e., grammar.
All of our professional development workshops promote a balanced and eclectic philosophy, so be ready to challenge as well as defend claims on both sides of the contentious methods battle!
All of our professional development workshops frame grammar concepts in simple and practical terms: meaningful patterns. You'll learn how to utilize a handful of shapes and colors to help students see patterns and establish meaning.
When the concepts of grammar are clearly conceptualized and easily understood, they can play a more supportive role in our students' path to proficiency.
FREE ON-LINE MODULE: PRONUNCIATION & ORTHOGRAPHY
Strong pronunciation is one of the most effective confidence-builders, especially for novices. And mastering the connection between spelling and pronunciation really does help all four skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing.
In the convenience of your own home and in only 2 or 3 hours, you'll learn how to use 2 basic shapes to make pronunciation a consistent and integral part of your existing program.
Confident and correct pronunciation improves students' speaking and listening, and you'll also notice a marked improvement in spelling, including written accents!
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ON-SITE METHODS WORKSHOP: VERBS
As a Spanish teacher, you probably have your own opinions about how verbs could be presented more effectively, especially regarding sequencing.
In this 4-hour workshop, your opinions will be affirmed! You'll learn 6 minor tweaks you can easily make to your existing Texas-approved curriculum that will have a major impact on students' understanding and performance.
ON-SITE METHODS WORKSHOP: GRAMMAR
In this 4-hour workshop, you'll learn how 4 colors will transform your ability to explain and practice grammar concepts.
Several aspects of grammar that are typically considered challenging will be broken down into smaller steps that make sense to English-speakers.