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Teach the Target Culture in CI Target Language

Jan Kittok

Thursday, June 13, 2019 at 9:00 AM - Friday, June 14, 2019 at 4:00 PM (CDT)

Teach the Target Culture in CI Target Language

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Get a June jumpstart on your creative energy. Recharge yourself and your passion for teaching lit by creative ideas and the warmth of collegial collaboration.

This seminar demonstrates and teaches you how to stay 90% in the target language, engage all learners, and teach meaningful cultural content. These are the standards set by today's profession but where can you learn HOW to do these things? Help is here! Instead of burning out, fuel the flames of renewed energy by attending Teach the Target Culture in the Target Language: June Jumpstart,. Every strategy is modeled by a master teacher followed by step-by-step explanations so teachers can immediately adapt ideas to their own classroom.

Why a professional development retreat?

Allow yourself space in a place where you can reflect on the science of learning and the art of teaching. Optimal learning takes place in a comfortable environment removed from the daily stress of the classroom. A retreat sets the stage for openness to new ideas and creative flow.  Wear comfy clothes. If possible, spend the night to relax, reflect, journal, create or socialize. The workshop will run from 8:30 - 4:00 each day. 

What is CI?

Comprehensible Input is the understanding what you hear and read, the key to language acquisition.

What is Content-Based Instruction with Storytelling?

Content-Based Instruction with Storytelling (CBIS), created by the workshop presenter, is a combination of strategies to teach cultural knowledge while staying in the target language (geography, history, biography, current events, legends, literature…).  CBIS combines strategies from CI, Content-Based Instruction, Sheltered Content Instruction, Immersion, TPR, Natural Approach and TPRS. Teachers of any grade, level or language can use these strategies immediately.

You will learn how to:

  • Stay in the target language AND be understood
  • Design Comprehensible Input (CI) lessons
  • Create the environment that encourages student output
  • Put cultural knowledge at the very heart of your curriculum
  • Teach grammar in a natural, whole language context

Read seminar details online:  Day 1 is "Rethinking how we teach" and Day 2 is "Rethinking what we teach". 

Who benefits from attending?

Teachers new to CI (Comprehensible Input) will learn about how the brain acquires language and implications for classroom instruction.

Teachers familiar with CI or storytelling but are finding it difficult to do will learn quick and easy steps to do CI with your teaching style whether you teach with a text, TPRS or teacher-created curriculum.

TPRS Teachers (experienced or novice) add a new dimension to their instruction – how to integrate stories from the target culture and nonfiction content (history, geography, biography, news…) to their curricula. 


Who is the seminar leader?

Janice Holter Kittok, award-winning presenter known for engaging, insightful and fun seminars. Janice presents at state, regional and national conferences and in districts across the country. 

What is included in the registration fee?

Participants will receive a certificate 15 hours of Continuing Education Credit (CEU) and a copy of Language Teaching with a Whole New Frame of Mind, the teacher resource book written by Janice Holter Kittok. Light morning refreshments will be served.  Lunch and dinner are on your own.

What about overnight lodging?

Out-of-town participants will get a special rate of $129 at the Country Inn & Suites, 221 Killebrew Drive, Bloomington, MN  55425.  Make your reservation early.  A block of reserved rooms will be held until 30 days prior to the event.  After that, rooms may still be available but are not guaranteed.  Mention Educator in Service when making your reservation. Call the Country Inn & Suites at (952) 854-5555.

Can I register by mail instead of online?

Yes.  Download the paper registration form and mail it in with a check.  School purchase orders accepted.

What is the refund policy?

Tickets are refunded less a $25 handling fee if cancelled 10 days prior to the event.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?


Phone: Call Jan at (612) 201-2788

Have questions about Teach the Target Culture in CI Target Language? Contact Jan Kittok

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Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Bloomington at Mall of America, MN
2221 Killebrew Drive
Bloomington, MN 55425

Thursday, June 13, 2019 at 9:00 AM - Friday, June 14, 2019 at 4:00 PM (CDT)

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