Conference in the Cloud for World Language Teachers: July 13-17 2020
Participants are provided with a Certificate of Completion at the end of the conference. One strand of the workshop will focus on tech tools… here are some of our favorites. Get graduate-level credit Early-bird price: $295. If you are a school administrator registering teachers, please include teacher name(s) and email(s) in the comments section at check out. Register with another teacher from your district and bring a third for free! Contact us. (If there are three of you, just register for two and then include the names and emails of all three teachers in the comments section at check-out.) We accept Purchase Orders from schools. Please contact us if you do not have school funding and are experiencing financial hardship during COVID-19. We do not want finances to hold anyone back from participating in this conference. Contact Express Fluency Watch our 5-minute video compilation from our 2017 teacher workshop. Someday we will all be together in person again! University of the Pacific courses you can get credit for:
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. See below for course titles you can choose from. Get more info here.
After July 1: $325.
Schools should email [email protected] with PO number.
Elissa McLean, [email protected]
Or call 802-275-2694
Participants are provided with a Certificate of Completion at the end of the conference.
One strand of the workshop will focus on tech tools… here are some of our favorites.
Get graduate-level credit
Early-bird price: $295.
If you are a school administrator registering teachers, please include teacher name(s) and email(s) in the comments section at check out.
Register with another teacher from your district and bring a third for free! Contact us. (If there are three of you, just register for two and then include the names and emails of all three teachers in the comments section at check-out.)
We accept Purchase Orders from schools.
Please contact us if you do not have school funding and are experiencing financial hardship during COVID-19. We do not want finances to hold anyone back from participating in this conference.
Contact Express Fluency
Watch our 5-minute video compilation from our 2017 teacher workshop.
Someday we will all be together in person again!
University of the Pacific courses you can get credit for:
About the Instructors
Stay tuned for updates!
Annabelle Williamson, a.k.a. La Maestra Loca, is a passionate elementary and middle school Spanish teacher in New Orleans, Louisiana. She is the 2017 LA Teacher of the Year. Annabelle loves teaching middle school but she has taught students ranging from 2-82 years old. She taught for a year in China in 2014-15 and before that taught for 4 years in public schools in Denver, Colorado, where she learned from a community of brilliant CI (Comprehensible-Input) teachers in the area. Since then she has developed her own unique style, which her students call “loca” or “crazy”. She enjoys helping students of ALL ages acquire the Spanish language. Her goal for her students, children and adults, is communication and joy. In her free time Annabelle enjoys traveling the world and blogging about her travels. She also loves eating! Anything and everything, even duck tongue and sheep brain! Her favorite thing in the world is spending time with her family, and picnicking with her boyfriend Paul and bonus-daughter Isla Rose who just turned three and LOVES all things magical like unicorns, fairies, and mermaids, just like La Maestra Loca.
Elissa McLean 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.
Elissa 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 15-year old daughter, and help bring more joy and multilingualism into the world.
Justin Slocum Bailey is crazy about helping teachers and learners succeed with less stress and more joy. A veteran language, music, and martial arts teacher, he operates Indwelling Language, a treasure trove of resources and low-prep practices for joyful language education, while consulting for schools, districts, publishers, travel companies, and non-profits worldwide, with characteristic kindness, humor, and outside-the-box thinking. Justin was raised in Vienna, Austria, but now lives in Michigan, where he thrives on fingerstyle guitar, jujutsu, and Detroit Tigers baseball.
Allison Litten grew up in Scituate, MA, where, in high school, she became interested in the French language and culture. She began her teaching career in 2000, immediately after having graduated from Williams College with a double major in French and sociology. She taught high school French in Brookhaven, MS, while simultaneously pursuing an MA in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Mississippi through the Mississippi Teacher Corps. In the summer of 2003 Allison moved to the Upper Valley and began teaching at the Marion Cross School in Norwich, VT. She has been here ever since, loving her job more as each year passes. She loves her students and having fun, singing songs and being silly. She completed her M.A. in French at Middlebury College in 2010, spending her final semester in Poitiers, France, and has traveled to France on numerous occasions since. This school year Allison is teaching French to kindergarteners and first, second, fourth, and sixth graders. She really enjoys having the opportunity to work with the various age groups. Her experience in each grade is totally different and she’s constantly in awe of what her students can do at each level. (Check out her Instagram to see photos and videos of her classes in action.) Allison blogs about her classroom experiences and ideas at cicanteach.com. Allison served as Co-President of the Vermont Foreign Language Association (VFLA) from 2012-2018 and was a board member from 2006-2018.
Outside of school, Allison enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and dog, traveling, watching movies, running road and obstacle races, cooking vegan food, and reading.
Diane Neubauer 杜雁子 is a Mandarin Chinese teacher who has taught elementary, middle, & high school as well as elective & adult classes over the past 14 years. She currently teaches online part-time while working on her PhD in Foreign Language & ESL Education at the University of Iowa. She frequently presents on a variety of language teaching topics at conferences and is involved in research relevant to comprehension-based language teaching and learning. She is currently ACTFL’s Comprehension-based Communicative Language Teaching special interest group’s Vice Chair. You can find her on YouTube, Twitter, & where she blogs.
Alice Ayel is originally from Paris and has been a teacher of French and Spanish for more than 15 years. She is the founder of Le Français Naturellement. Currently, Alice is well known for her videos based on the Story Listening approach, and she teaches languages online to people from all over the world. She is on a mission: French acquisition for all with optimal input.
YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbC9Utt1c6UXRqWw2lOTCBg
John Bracey has been a Latin teacher in Massachusetts since 2010. He has a B.A. in Classics from UMass Amherst and an MA from Boston College. He has taught Latin exclusively using Comprehensible Input for the past several years. He leads workshops around the country for language teachers of all kinds. He is also the 2016 Massachusetts Latin teacher of the year.
Ping Wu has been teaching Mandarin Chinese at Columbus School for Girls in Ohio for 10 years. Her students range from 7th graders to 12th graders. She started experimenting with the Comprehensible Input teaching strategies in her class five years ago. With the desire to learn more about CI, she has attended many CI workshops and conferences, joined various CI social media forums, and gradually developed her own teaching style with CI principles in mind. In her opinion, classroom interaction (even on Zoom) is the soul of any language classes. She strives to provide compelling comprehended language input for students via engaging activities and discussion. She looks forward to sharing what she has learned and created with more teachers.
During her free time, she shares what she has created with other Chinese teachers via social media, online workshops, https://www.slideshare.net/WuPing and https://www.tes.com/member/pingwu.
She has won several awards including: Celebrating Teachers Award by DePaul University in 2019 (nominated by a former student for the long-lasting impact on the student), Columbus School for Girls’ Ruth Elizabeth Radcliffe Prize in Teaching in 2018, Outstanding Leadership Award by Cleveland State University’s Confucius Institute in 2016 (for the work she has done as presidents of the Ohio Association of Teachers of Chinese for 3 years), Ohio Foreign Language Association’s Outstanding Foreign Language Teacher Award in 2014, and Outstanding Foreign Language Technology Committee Award in 2012 (shared)
Michele Whaley has been offering Russian to students from middle school through adults for more than 30 years. She shares her passion for language acquisition at conferences and workshops, and by supporting teachers through social media. She was twice the World Language Teacher of the Year (ToY) for Alaska, the 2016 Pacific Northwest ToY, and a finalist for the 2017 ACTFL ToY. In the last two years, she transitioned to teaching Russian for University of Alaska and online students, and kindergarten through fifth-grade Spanish in an independent private school in Anchorage. When not teaching, Michele plays recorders in a Baroque music ensemble and works on her Spanish. She also likes to be rowing, Nordic skating, skiing or hiking with her husband and sled dog. Her eclectic family includes a musician, an actress, and an outdoor educator.
Originally from Ireland, Kevin Quigley has been living in New England since 2016. He obtained his Masters degree in French Language and Literature from the University of Glasgow in 2002. Before becoming a teacher, he was a student in language classrooms all over the world. As well as French, he studied German at school, Icelandic in Reykjavik, and Korean at a language center in Seoul. He subsequently taught in France, Switzerland, Morocco and South Korea.
Having been both a learner and a teacher of languages in many different contexts, he has developed a clear sense of what works (and does not work) in the World Language classroom. Discovering Comprehensible Input changed his life and the lives of his students almost overnight. His zeal for CI has led him to present at several conferences where he managed to win Best in NH at NHAWLT as well as Best in RI at RIFLA.
During school closure, he continues to bring communicative language teaching to his middle and high-school students on Zoom, and has even started a CI-inspired TikTok (@coronavision) to make sure his students are getting their daily dose of input.
More coming soon!!!!!