Comprehended World Languages (Pittsburgh 2019)

Comprehended World Languages (Pittsburgh 2019)

  • $200.00

Join us in Pittsburgh at the Winchester Thurston School this summer for a three-day CI/TPRS teacher-training workshop -- or opt to continue and practice your newly acquired skills the following week in a six-day teaching lab option with real students!

The three-day program is designed for teachers of any language, teaching level, or experience with CI methods. Dr. Waltz will demonstrate and coach teachers in various CI/TPRS skills and methods, giving teachers many opportunities to practice and hone their craft in a safe and supportive environment.

Teachers that enroll in the teaching lab option will have the opportunity to practice their new skills with rising 6th – 9th-grade students (with no previous experience in the language) enrolled in one of two WT Summer Camps from July 22 – 26th: Explore Spanish Language and Culture or Explore Chinese Language and Culture. Participating teachers will be responsible only for teaching the language component of these camps, with one hour of class in the morning and one hour in the afternoon.  All other time will be devoted exclusively to continuing the development of CI/TPRS skills under the tutelage of Dr. Waltz. After a day of group planning, watch Dr. Waltz teach the first day of classes and discuss methods at breakout sessions afterward. The following days, you and your colleagues will be the teachers, and Dr. Waltz will offer coaching and help guide you in your hands-on work as we delve deeper into CI/TPRS usage in the classroom. This is the most intensive and extensive Comprehensible Input-based training available anywhere!

Workshop or workshop+teaching lab fees include all materials and a daily light breakfast. Participants are responsible for their own room, meals and transportation. Registered participants will be added to a private Facebook group to facilitate networking, room-sharing, carpooling, and so on.

Grab the early bird rate today -- regular prices go into effect May 1!
Students for the teaching lab portion of the program will come from the school's well-established summer language program, which has been running for a number of years. The Comprehended World Languages workshop is providing the entire language instruction component for the campers. Though unlikely, the possibility exists that there could be insufficient student numbers for a particular language class to open. In such a case, teachers in that track will teach adolescents from outside the camp program and/or teachers from the opposite language track or a combination of these.