It was with a heavy heart that I cancelled this summer’s 5th annual Vermont teacher training workshop. But soon after making the decision I realized that this opened the door for something new to be born! This year we will be gathering together from all over the world to explore comprehensible-input based language teaching in distance-learning scenarios.
When my school closed in March I found myself scrambling to figure out how to transfer the magic of what happens in the classroom to an online format. I am lucky in that I get to meet with my students live on Zoom where many teachers have been forced to teach asynchronously — a word I had never uttered before March!
I have been so inspired to see the language teacher community rise up to meet these challenges and to share so much with each other. We have done an amazing job, especially considering that we had next to no time to transition to this new world of teaching
This summer we are bringing together an incredible team of language teachers to offer live Zoom classes for teacher participants to observe (or participate in as students!). The classes will demonstrate ways to engage students in compelling, comprehended language in an online format. In the afternoons we provide workshops to allow teachers to dive deeper into strategies experienced in classes and that build our toolboxes for teaching remotely (be it synchronous or asynchronous). We will all leave with a much-needed tool kit to help us as we enter a new school year full of unknowns.
I can not wait to learn alongside our instructors and participants! We’re all in this crazy time together!