Language educator:
What's your next step?

  • Does your language teaching promote acquisition through comprehensible input?

  • Are you ready for the Next Step in your language teaching career?

  • Would you like to train and coach colleagues to teach for acquisition?

  • Or are you feeling the creative itch to write a novel that will engage readers while providing compelling language input?

   

Then What's Your Next Step? has plans for you!!

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How can I create and give an effective, inspiring presentation that will make people want to know more?

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What are the steps to publishing an accessible and compelling story for engaged and confident readers?

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How can I develop a workshop that teaches new skills or strategies in a way that gives participants the confidence to try them right away in their classrooms?

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How can I train teachers in such a way that they feel empowered to implement and sustain a new teaching approach?

Why do you want to take the next step?

Your school or district has asked you to train your colleagues, but the prospect is overwhelming. You need a plan for what to do and how to make it more manageable.

You are passionate about teaching with comprehensible input, constantly reflecting upon and refining your practice, and you want to provide other teachers with that sense of success and eagerness to experiment and try new things.

You are mentoring new teachers and you want to help them make the transition towards an acquisition driven approach to teaching. 

You want to become a teacher leader for world languages: engage fellow teachers; develop a shared understanding of second language acquisition within your department; and help move colleagues towards communicative, comprehensible-input-based instruction.

You want to learn effective practices for helping teachers actually change and grow long-term.

You have been doing presentations at conferences and now want to grasp the differences between "presenting" or "demonstrating" and "training".

As a dean or department chair, you are looking for ways to have strategic, fruitful conversations with teachers and departments of different persuasions. 

You want to articulate what you do more effectively and share that knowledge with other teachers to help you collaborate to become better teachers.

You are looking for a training that will instill confidence in you as a coach, since coaching a teacher is so different from teaching a language.

You wish to improve your ability to educate the school community (students, parents, faculty, admins) about comprehension-based methods, and to support teachers in your department who are interested in learning more.

You need simple strategies to deal with resistance, “a ready answer” and a set of skills so that you can share the validity as well as the practice of teaching with comprehensible input to existing and new members in your district.

Your comprehensible story is ready to share with other readers, and you want to do basic formatting on the manuscript to make it reader-friendly and visually appealing.

You have written a class story with your students and you want to publish it as a novel for others to enjoy.

You base your curriculum on comprehensible novels, and you've decided to write your own reader on a topic you are passionate about. You need help making it engaging and comprehensible.

You have written a novel that needs illustrations to support your readers' understanding of the story. How do you decide what to illustrate? How do you find and work with an illustrator?

The novel you've written and piloted with your class is perfect for them, but needs to be 'comprehensified' so it can be published and made accessible to a wider audience of learners.

Your novel has been read, revised, copy edited, and revised again. You are ready to pilot it with students and need help creating a glossary first.

You know it's important to have a variety of readers see your story before it is published and want to frame the feedback you get from them so it best guides your rewriting process.