Starting the Year Bundle

organized BY language teachers FOR language teachers

The "Starting the Year Bundle" at Conference in the Cloud is a comprehensive collection of workshops designed to equip World Language teachers with effective strategies for commencing the school year on a strong note. Led by seasoned presenters, the bundle covers a range of essential topics, providing actionable insights to kickstart the academic year.

"Planning your Curriculum based on Stories and High-Frequency Words" with Claudia Elliott emphasizes intentional curriculum design, focusing on high-frequency words and culturally relevant topics to engage learners and reduce the overwhelm of content coverage. Dustin Williamson's session, "Starting your school year with CI," offers practical methods to implement comprehensible input from day one, ensuring a lively and engaging learning experience for students.

"Setting the Stage" with La Maestra Loca highlights the critical importance of establishing a strong foundation for a successful academic year, both for teachers and students. John Piazza addresses teacher sustainability and student success in "Sustainably Structured CI: Avoiding Burnout," presenting a flexible framework to structure days and weeks effectively while avoiding burnout.

Jon Cowart's session, "Managing Whole Group Instruction," focuses on effective classroom management techniques for whole group conversations, establishing discussion habits and promoting a participatory class culture. Lastly, John Sifert discusses how to use classroom jobs to enhance community and streamline classroom operations in "Use Classroom Jobs to Create Community and Cut the Chaos!"

The Starting the Year Bundle equips educators with practical tools and strategies to navigate the beginning of the school year (or wherever in the year you choose to start using these strategies!), laying the foundation for a productive, engaging, and successful academic journey.

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 6-hour course and a certificate will be provided.
How long do I have access to this course?
You will have access to these videos 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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