2018 Presentation Details

Read all about our powerful presentation lineup!

Once the 2019 Comprehensible Online Presentations are finalized, they will be listed here with their descriptions.

Building a Classroom Library (1 hour)

Building a Classroom Library (1 hour)

Amy Vander Deen

Stephen Krashen says that “free voluntary reading may be the most powerful tool we have in language education”. Many teachers want to incorporate more free voluntary reading in their classes, but wonder where to find reading materials that are comprehensible and compelling for their students. In this session, we will learn how to build a classroom library from the ground up: where to find resources, how to quickly and easily make our own reading materials, and how to tap into our students’ creativity. This session will be especially helpful for teachers of less-commonly-taught languages.

Classroom Demo - Latin 1, Discipulus Illustris (i.e. Special Person) (30 minutes)

Classroom Demo - Latin 1, Discipulus Illustris (i.e. Special Person) (30 minutes)

Lance Piantaggini

See a classroom demo of Discipulus Illustris (i.e. Special Person).
Classroom Demo - Latin 1 from Day 1 (1 hour)

Classroom Demo - Latin 1 from Day 1 (1 hour)

Lance Piantaggini

Get a glimpse into what happens in the first week of school beginning with the very first day of a Latin 1 class for incoming 9th graders starting high school.

Classroom Demo - Latin 1, Input-Based Strategies & Activities (30 minutes)

Classroom Demo - Latin 1, Input-Based Strategies & Activities (30 minutes)

Lance Piantaggini

See a classroom demo featuring a variety of input-based strategies and activities that flow together.
Classroom Demo - Latin 1, Quick Quizzes (30 minutes)

Classroom Demo - Latin 1, Quick Quizzes (30 minutes)

Lance Piantaggini

See Mr. P’s Quick Quizzes in action.

Classroom Demo - Latin 1, TPRS (30 minutes)

Classroom Demo - Latin 1, TPRS (30 minutes)

Lance Piantaggini

See a classroom demo of TPRS.
Classroom Demo - Troubleshooting (1 hour)

Classroom Demo - Troubleshooting (1 hour)

Lance Piantaggini

Ever crash & burn? Have learners who make your job more difficult? Feel like you have low proficiency in the target language? It can’t be as rough as this. See Mr. P navigate a bizarre teaching assignment as the 3rd language teacher learners had by December in a 7th grade exploratory language course of Spanish, Latin, and French—at the very beginning of his own acquisition of Spanish! He’ll show and discuss challenges that arose from a lack of routines, as well as provide tips on how to avoid problems seen in the videos.

Interactive-ish Notebooks (1 hour)

Interactive-ish Notebooks (1 hour)

Elicia Cárdenas

Participants will learn how to use interactive-ish notebooks in a TPRS classroom to create a input-based resource for students. The presenter will discuss logistics and quick, painless assessment. Participants will leave with tools to implement interactive-ish notebooks in their own classroom.

No-Prep Grading & Assessment (1 hour)

No-Prep Grading & Assessment (1 hour)

Lance Piantaggini

Beginning with a tutorial on setting up the grade book to maximize no-prep throughout the year, see how easy it is to continue focusing on input and interaction, even when schools require other things (that mostly get in the way!).

The Psychology of Stories and why our Brains Crave Them (1 hour)

The Psychology of Stories and why our Brains Crave Them (1 hour)

Lisa Horvath

What is it about stories that make them so ideal for language acquisition? How are our brains wired to retain information through stories? In this presentation you will learn about the physiological effects of stories and what is happening chemically inside the brain as your students hear and react to stories. You will gain insights into the psychological effect of stories on individuals, cultures, and societies. With this knowledge you will better understand how to optimize the stories you use in class for maximum language retention.

Setting Up a New Classroom (30 minutes)

Setting Up a New Classroom (30 minutes)

Lance Piantaggini

First year teaching? Switching rooms? Changing schools? In the mood for reboot to the physical space? Follow the resource-gathering and decision-making process behind setting up a new room in real time as Mr. P moves down the hall.

Starting the Year (30 minutes)

Starting the Year (30 minutes)

Elicia Cárdenas

Watch how a year is started- using story asking and other co-created activities for input while setting expectations and teaching and practicing procedures. Viewers will see deliberate use of L1 to ensure maximum L2 later in the year, and get a sense of how to get kids to buy in and play in a TPRS/CI classroom.

Universal Language Curriculum (ULC) (30 minutes)

Universal Language Curriculum (ULC) (30 minutes)

Lance Piantaggini

Ready to ditch the textbook? Teach a LCTL (Less Commonly Taught Language) with few resources? Looking for a better way to maintain consistency in your Department of Languages and Cultures while still remaining flexible? This curriculum can be applied universally to any world language program. It’s based on learner-centered personalization of content in a single-year format using the Top 16 verbs. Communication (i.e. interpretation, negotiation, and expression of meaning) is first and foremost.