Language educator:

What's your next step?

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

  • Do you want to to be a part of the generation that inspires new teachers to improve their skills?

  • Are you preparing to train and coach your fellow teachers to start teaching 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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I want to 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?

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

Why do you want to take the next step?

Your school has asked you to train your colleagues, but taking the leading of that training on yourself seems overwhelming. You need a plan of what to do and how to make it more manageable.

You want to become a teacher leader for world languages. You want to 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 wish to improve your ability to educate the community (students, parents, faculty, admins) about comprehension-based methods, and to support teachers in your department who are interested in learning more.

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 power and eagerness to experiment and try new things. You want to more effectively articulate what you do, and share that knowledge with other teachers to help them and yourself collaborate to become better teachers.

You have been doing presentations at conferences and now want to grasp the differences between "presenting" or "demonstrating" and "training". You want to learn effective practices for helping teachers actually change and grow long-term.

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

As a dean or department chair, you are looking for ways to have strategic, fruitful conversations with teachers and departments of different persuasions. 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 CI to existing and new members in your district.