Reading Bundle

from Conference in the Cloud 2023

The "Reading Bundle" at Conference in the Cloud offers World Language teachers a range of workshops focused on enhancing reading experiences for students. The bundle, led by experienced presenters, aims to provide actionable strategies and insights to make reading engaging and comprehensible in language classrooms.

In "Reading our first class novel: centering student choice and voice" with Cécile Lainé, educators explore an approach to introducing class novels to novice students while prioritizing student voice and choice.

Diane Neubauer's workshop, "Five Strategies for Interactive Reading," offers practical strategies to guide reading interactively, making reading more engaging and meaningful for students.

John Piazza's session, "Creating Storybooks in the CI Classroom," walks teachers through the steps of creating storybooks using Google Slides, offering a creative and interactive approach to language learning.

John Sifert's presentation, "Create a Free Voluntary Reading Program that Works!," provides invaluable insights on setting up an effective Free Voluntary Reading (FVR) program, emphasizing its significance in language classrooms.

Lastly, Marianne de Best's workshop, "Making Picture Books Comprehensible," guides teachers in selecting suitable picture books and simplifying stories using target structures to aid language acquisition, especially beneficial for elementary school teachers.

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.


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! This is a 5-hour course and a certificate will be provided.

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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