Express Fluency Teacher Training: Philadelphia May 20-21

Fall 2017| Philadelphia, PA

Are you a language teacher interested in helping your students gain proficiency quickly and easily? Are you interested in a way of teaching that dramatically reduces your planning time while simultaneously increasing your students’ engagement and success? Our teacher training programs help you gain skills and confidence in Comprehensible-Input-based teaching (including TPRS- Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling). This training features Latin, Spanish and Mandarin classes combined with teacher workshops with support from Altamira Language Learning. Register by May 1st and save $30. Discount for groups of three or more teachers.  Learn more…



Comprehensible TriState Conference in Philadelphia, PA
Stay tuned for dates. (This was originally scheduled for May 20-21, 2017 but has been postponed until the fall.) Email us for more information.
We are thrilled to partner with Altamira Language Learning for two fun and learning-filled days in Philly this May.

Over the course of these two days you will:

♦ Participate in a language class as a student and/ or observe other students learning the language you teach. Spanish, Latin and Mandarin classes offered. (Language learners may be middle and high school students as well as adults.)

♦ Engage in hands-on workshops (options for beginner and experienced TCI teachers as well as special workshops for teachers of Latin and Mandarin.)

♦  Gain confidence in your ability to teach delightfully engaging classes that get your students understanding and speaking your language with ease (with limited planning time required of you!)

♦ Connect with a new group of friends and colleagues to support you in your adventure using TPRS/CI.

 Justin Slocum Bailey of Indwelling Language joins us from Ann Arbor, Michigan to teach Latin. La Sripanawongsa of Penn Charter School will teach Mandarin and Elissa McLean of Express Fluency will teach Spanish.

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Graduate-level credit is available through the University of the Pacific for an additional fee of $62/credit and writing 3-page paper per credit.

Interested in teaching Express Fluency classes in your town? Contact us.

Training includes:
Morning language classes (Latin, Spanish, or Mandarin).
Light breakfast and delicious lunch
Afternoon teacher workshops (including a special session for teachers of Latin.)
Access to online database of resources
Large doses of laughter and fun

Schedule (both days):
8:30: Coffee and Registration
9:00: Welcome and intro for teachers
9:30-12pm: Language classes (Spanish, Latin, Mandarin)
12:00-12:30: Language class debriefs with instructors
12:30-1:30: Lunch (provided at Penn Charter)
1:30-3:30: Teacher workshops

Afternoon workshops will include options for teachers new to CI/TPRS as well as experienced teachers looking to develop their skills. Participants will see many strategies and techniques modeled in the language classes such as story asking, reading, MovieTalk and Picture Talk, creating a “One Word Image”, Total Physical Response (TPR), Personalized Questions and Answers, Readers Theatre, Story Listening, songs, games, brain breaks and much more. The afternoon workshops will look at many of these strategies in depth and provide time for guided practice. Anny Ewing and members of her team at Altamira Language Learning will be involved in the afternoon workshops as well as the Express Fluency language teachers.

Penn Charter School
3000 W School House Ln, Philadelphia, PA 19144
Middle School building
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Before May 1st: $260.
After May 1st: $290.

Groups of 3 or more from the same school get a $30 discount each. Enter code “grouprate” when registering and then send us an email with the names of the others in your group.

Read what teacher participants from 2015 and 2016 have to say.

For more information:
Contact Express Fluency


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About the Instructors

JSB B+W close Justin Slocum Bailey
Latin Instructor

Justin Slocum Bailey, a longtime learner and teacher of Latin and other languages, operates Indwelling Language, a collection of resources and habits for boosting joy and success in language learning and teaching. In addition to teaching languages rapturously, Justin trains and mentors teachers and learners worldwide while helping schools, publishers, software developers, and nonprofits make the world a better place for language learning. He also serves on the board and faculty of the North American Institute for Living Latin Studies (SALVI), coordinates the Latin Listening Project, and is the translator of TPRS® Publishing’s forthcoming Brando Brown Canem Vult. Justin grew up in Vienna, Austria, and now lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with his wife and two German-speaking children. When he’s not playing with languages, Justin enjoys studying and teaching jujutsu and lolling lakeside with his family.

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Mandarin Instructor

Piyanut (“La”) Sripanawongsa earned her BA in Chinese education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2009, and will receive her MA in Chinese from Middlebury College in the summer of 2017. She taught middle and high school Chinese in Wisconsin until 2013 when she took a middle school Chinese position at William Penn Charter School in Philadelphia. She is an active and engaging teacher, who uses a variety of techniques and activities to engage students with a focus on using Comprehensible Input and Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling as main vehicles. She believes that while being rigorous, learning should be fun, and it is reflected in her curriculum design. She brings a lot of energy into the classroom with her, and it is matched by the energy of her students. When she is not teaching she loves learning about the world through travel and food.

elissa.mclean.expressfluencyElissa McLean
Founder, Director, and Spanish Instructor

Elissa founded Express Fluency in 2012 to bring Comprehensible-Input based language classes to adults. Tired of hearing (almost) everyone say “I studied (fill in the blank) language in school for 4 years and I can’t speak a word now” – she decided to be part of a movement to change that. She holds a Masters degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and has taught Spanish to students from preschool to college and adults. Prior to teaching Spanish full-time she co-founded two innovative expedition-based high schools. She loves to travel, meet new people, hang out with her 12-year old daughter, and help bring more joy and multilingualism into the world.

Screen Shot 2017-03-08 at 4.46.09 PMAnny Ewing
Teacher Trainer, Story-based French & Spanish teacher

Founder of Altamira Language Learning and co-founder of the TriState TCI peer learning network in the Philadelphia area, Anny first encountered TPRS in 2007 after 25 years in varied careers teaching French and Spanish in grades PK-16 and developing multimedia materials for language teachers. She immediately began incorporating TPRS strategies into her already story-based teaching of Spanish in elementary grades, evolving over 5 years to an all-CI classroom. Anny writes: “Because it allows all learners to engage fully and find success acquiring language, TPRS/Teaching with Comprehensible Input is by far the most effective way I’ve ever taught, at any level. This fun, creative, input-focused, comprehension-based philosophy of teaching has helped me understand language acquisition in a whole new light.” Anny has an MA in Linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania and is trained as a TPRS teacher, coach, and teacher trainer. She coaches, presents at conferences, and does teacher trainings locally, nationally, and internationally. When at home, she helps tend a large vegetable garden, 23 chickens, and two aging llamas.