Core Strategies in Acquisition-Driven Instruction Bundle

organized BY language teachers FOR language teachers

Welcome to Core Strategies in Acquisition-Driven Instruction!

The "Core Strategies in Acquisition-Driven Instruction" bundle is an immersive course designed to equip educators with essential tools and techniques to enrich language instruction using the principles of Acquisition-Driven Instruction (ADI) (also referred to as “Teaching with Comprehensible Input.") Led by a team of experienced instructors and experts in the field, participants will delve into a variety of engaging workshops, each focusing on a unique aspect of ADI.

The course begins with "Acquisition-Driven Instruction 101," led by Annabelle Williamson and Elissa McLean, providing an introduction for those new to CI methodologies. Subsequently, participants will explore specific strategies and workshops such as "Clip Chat: The Basics" and "Clip Chat 2.0" with Allison Litten, demonstrating the effective use of short video clips to enhance students' comprehension and expression.

Diverse workshops further enhance the course experience, including "Small Talk" with Diane Neubauer, emphasizing the importance of social emotional learning through language acquisition. "TPR (Total Physical Response)" sessions with Jon Cowart demonstrate how to integrate physical movement to reinforce language learning, and "No Cognates in Mandarin" with Haiyun Lu provides valuable insights for teaching Mandarin effectively.

Participants will also learn innovative approaches such as "One Word Images" with Kevin Quigley and "Building Stories with Student Questionnaires" with Anne Matava, showcasing strategies for dynamic and interactive language instruction. The course culminates with sessions like "Story-Asking 2.0" with Annabelle Williamson and "Special Person Interviews" with Cécile Lainé, exploring advanced techniques to create engaging and inclusive language learning experiences.

"Comprehensible Input in the Upper Levels" with Bertha Delgadillo addresses the integration of CI in higher-level courses, emphasizing inclusive learning experiences and empowering students on their language learning journey. By the end of this course bundle, participants will feel empowered to create meaningful and effective language instruction that fosters language acquisition and fluency for students.

Learn more about our other bite-sized-bundles here.

These workshops were presented in the Conference in the Cloud 2023. Conference in the Cloud is an incredible opportunity for language teachers from all over the world to experience acquisition-driven teaching strategies first hand through observing teachers teaching their students in their classrooms (different ages and levels of French, Spanish, Latin, and Mandarin), participating in classes as a student, and engaging in workshops to help you learn valuable strategies and teaching techniques. Zumba and yoga classes are offered throughout the day to keep you moving! Lunchtime discussions and evening social hours allow you to connect with other participants and make new friends. We hope you will join us in 2024! Learn more here.

Our presenters and instructors are all leaders in the field of acquisition-driven/ comprehensible-input based language teaching.


Course Curriculum



Watch video testimonials from summer 2020.

Testimonials from past participants:

This is the most beneficial conference I have ever attended...I will never go back to how I used to teach Mandarin before. If there is anything that is going to make learning Mandarin fun and effective, CI it is.-- Roger

I have had a blast so far and my brain is trying to process it all. So many great ideas and presentations. Best conference ever.-- Jen

I couldn't sleep last night because I was thinking about all the great ideas!-- Melissa

This conference fell into my lap at the exact right time...I feel refreshed, I feel renewed, I feel prepared...I feel so much more confident and ready, whatever my school decides to do.-- Stephanie

I thought all of the presenters were absolutely wonderful and very, very well-prepared and willing to share their tricks of the trade and to be able to give us such great ideas for the upcoming year. -- Steve

This is my third year in a row attending Express Fluency's conference, and I would not trade it for anything. It is worth more than the price tag. -- Anonymous (from our Padlet page)

There are always simultaneous sessions over which I am torn during in person CI conferences with many amazing presenters. And I always regret having to choose one session over the other. But this year, you ARE able to see every SINGLE SESSION on video at your own LEISURE! -- Anonymous (from our Padlet page)

The name [of the conference] is perfect, because I am on Cloud 9.-- Angie

Frequently Asked Questions


Who do I contact with more questions?
Elissa McLean- [email protected].
Do you provide a Certificate of Completion?
Yes- we provide a twelve-hour certificate for this bundle.
How long do I have access to this course?
For 6 months from the date of purchase.

Testimonials from past participants:

This is the most beneficial conference I have ever attended...I will never go back to how I used to teach Mandarin before. If there is anything that is going to make learning Mandarin fun and effective, CI it is.-- Roger

I have had a blast so far and my brain is trying to process it all. So many great ideas and presentations. Best conference ever.-- Jen

I couldn't sleep last night because I was thinking about all the great ideas!-- Melissa

This conference fell into my lap at the exact right time...I feel refreshed, I feel renewed, I feel prepared...I feel so much more confident and ready, whatever my school decides to do.-- Stephanie

I thought all of the presenters were absolutely wonderful and very, very well-prepared and willing to share their tricks of the trade and to be able to give us such great ideas for the upcoming year. -- Steve

This is my third year in a row attending Express Fluency's conference, and I would not trade it for anything. It is worth more than the price tag. -- Anonymous (from our Padlet page)

There are always simultaneous sessions over which I am torn during in person CI conferences with many amazing presenters. And I always regret having to choose one session over the other. But this year, you ARE able to see every SINGLE SESSION on video at your own LEISURE! -- Anonymous (from our Padlet page)

The name [of the conference] is perfect, because I am on Cloud 9.-- Angie

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