Workshops, Trainings & Consulting

Courses and Trainings:

Join us for our 4-day course about Teaching Towards Language Acquisition in the Cleveland area this August and fall. Our 4-day philosophy, which is spread out for a semester, helps participants practice and refine their skills in their classrooms with support and guidance. Teachers will build confidence with the skill-sets for using target language while their students do too.

Teaching Towards Language Acquisition

  • Teri Wiechart and Gary DiBianca, presenters
  • Two intro sessions August 12 and 13; two follow-up, September 21 and October 19
  • Orange High School, Pepper Pike OH
  • 8:30 AM-4:00 PM with a 1 hour lunch break
  • Register by August 1, 2019

Grad credit available for an extra fee.  Details available at first class.

This 4-day course will present strategies on how to teach contextualized language while staying in the target language. The strategies will be based on Stephen Krashen’s Comprehensible Input Hypothesis—language is acquired when the initial exposure to it consists primarily of oral and reading input that is made comprehensible by the teacher. We will present the idea that a flood of Comprehensible Input ultimately will aid in language acquisition and will lay the foundation necessary for long-term language proficiency.  We will teach unit planning using the Backwards Design approach, while using the Ohio World Language Learning Standards, the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines, NCSSFL-ACTFL Can Do Statements, and IPA Summative Assessment.


The course will include:

  • Paradigm shifts for teaching language in the 21st Century
  • Using Kinesthetic Actions and Gestures through TPR
  • Contextualizing stories and narrative (TPRS)
  • Questioning strategies that keep the classroom in the target language 90%+
  • Reading strategies
  • Ohio World Language Learning Standards
  • ACTFL Proficiency and Performance Guidelines
  • NCSSFL-ACTFL Can Do Statements
  • IPA Summative Assessments
  • Getting students to the proficiency level needed to achieve the Seal of Bi-literacy

Register HERE

  • Start: 12 Aug 2019 8:30 AM
  • End: 19 Oct 2019 4:00 PM
  • Location

Orange High School, 32000 Chagrin Blvd, Pepper Pike, OH 44124


  • Host–OFLA Member 
  • Non-Member – $275.00
  • OFLA Member – $200.00
  • OFLA Student Member – $100.00
  • Orange OFLA Member – $150.00 

For course information, contact





-TPRS and TCI Strategies – Day Long Presentations

-Personalized Trainings, Coaching and Consulting with co-presenter and consultant Teri Wiechart

These are presentations/workshops that I have presented around the country:

  • Being Culturally Responsive in the World Language Classroom
  • Teaching the National Standards 5 C’s in the CI Classroom
  • Lesson Planning and Unit Design with TCI in Mind
  • Pre-AP Unit: My Values, My Perspective and My Goals – OFLA (‘14)
  • Upper Level Strategies using TCI/TPRS
  • Circling: a Technique for Asking Questions
  • Blending MovieTalk and Embedded Readings
  • A Great Avenue: Helping Students Acquire Language while Learning Content and Culture
  • Brain-Based Teaching and TPRS: a Mind Blowing Experience
  • ¿Hay otro modo de ser?: Teaching the Lives and Struggles of Hispanic Women in an Upper Level Spanish Class
  • Socratic Circles 2.0 – Using Socratic Seminars in the World Language Classroom with co-presenter Amy Wopat
  • Coaching for Coaches Full Day Workshop with co-presenter Amy Wopat
  • Strategies for Finding Common Ground for Diverse Departments