UPDATE: We are working to finish this course and hope to have videos and print materials for all lessons completed by the end of 2019. The fantastic Kaitlin Leppert is helping to organize videos and materials to lead you through what is basically a "graduate course in doing CI." For folks who pre-purchased the course and are waiting patiently for its completion, we offer our sincerest thanks, and will send you a special thank-you offer when we launch the full course!

Inside and outside of school, in your professional and personal life, for your students and for yourself and your loved ones, make next year your best, most relaxing, most successful year ever. Work less, smile more, tame the paperwork load, and watch your students blossom.

In this e-course for World Language teachers, you will learn by reading, watching video talks, and watching demonstration videos with viewing guides.

Step-by-step, practical tips on how to develop a year of language instruction that puts student interests front and center, delivers day after day of compelling comprehensible input, and helps you RELAX into teaching with CI.

Grading and assessment practices and systems that support classroom management and help your students develop self-direction, internal motivation, and a sense of growing ability in the language.

Physical and vocal skills that help you make your speech more comprehensible to your students, without being tied to the board or projector.

Specific, repeatable steps and tools for classroom management that build goodwill and community, and lay the foundation for a year of focused listening.

Strategies to teach culture through picture stories and visual lectures.

Strategies to build meaningful stories, using student-created characters.

Strategies to build literacy from the ground up – using language that the class has already experienced in a compelling, meaningful context.

Bail-out moves that allow you to keep the CI flowing in a non-punitive way on days when the creativity or the goodwill or the energy just isn’t right.

Tips on how to transition students into free-choice reading, and how to build a classroom library when resources are limited.

Your Instructor

Kaitlin and Tina
Kaitlin and Tina

Kaitlin Leppert began a successful transition to teaching with comprehensible input three years ago, and went from wanting to quit teaching to not being able to imagine doing anything else! Kaitlin's students have a passion for communicating in Spanish that shows the joy and happiness that this way of teaching has brought to her classroom. Her passion is supporting other World Language teachers to take it one step at the time, build from success to success, and avoid the overwhelm and lost feeling that can overtake us as we make big changes in our professional life. She enjoys sharing practical, kid- and teacher-friendly strategies for instruction and assessment that allow the brain to exercise its natural ability to build language proficiency.

Tina Hargaden has been a K-12 educator for 14 years, and has taught middle and high school English Language Arts, Reading, Social Studies, French, Spanish and ESOL. Her passion is supporting teachers to strengthen their literacy instruction, design courses that foster efficient and lasting language acquisition, and implement authentic performance assessment, because it is her firm belief that when we shift our language instruction to a proficiency stance, we help ensure equitable access to academic success for more students. She lives in Portland, Oregon and is the founder of the World Language Proficiency Project and CI Liftoff. Tina is the co-author of the book, Year-One:A Natural Approach to the Year, which provides step-by-step guidance for a year of communicative, proficiency-oriented World Language instruction. She has presented and keynoted at numerous state, regional, and national conferences, worked with many school districts and departments, and given workshops and institutes to educators all over to support them in strengthening language outcomes for all students.

Tina and Kaitlin love working together to support other language educators in transforming student outcomes and bringing more joy, connection, and fun into the language classroom!

Course Curriculum

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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts beta testing now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

Content will be published as Tina is able to finish it. The estimated launch date is April 19!

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