Acquisition Boot Camp – a new course for Language educators | The Comprehensible Classroom

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Since what feels like the dawn of time, language teachers have structured their curriculum around thematic vocabulary and grammar skills. In the last two decades, a massive shift has occurred in the field of language education, and more and more teachers every year are throwing out their vocabulary lists and grammar worksheets in exchange for a more communicative, proficiency-oriented approach to language learning.

Acquisition Boot Camp is for language educators

The Comprehensible Classroom has been at the forefront of this movement, and in 2021 they launched a revolutionary hybrid course. The Comprehensible Classroom is committed to providing effective, impactful training experiences, and sit-and-get just doesn’t cut it. During the course, ABC members work together as a community with the support of coaches toward the common goal of demystifying what it means to Teach for Acquisition and how to do it with great confidence. More than 500 teachers participated in the first two iterations of Acquisition Boot Camp (ABC), and registration is now available for the course that begins on January 10, 2022.

The purpose of Acquisition Boot Camp

Acquisition Boot Camp is a four-week course designed for teachers who are looking to make a shift in their teaching or are seeking to understand the WHY behind the WHAT of the new things they have been trying in class. Specifically, ABC is a great fit for language educators who are new to Comprehension-based teaching, are Comprehension Curious, or have been trying out Teaching for Acquisition but have not yet had the training to understand the WHY behind what they are doing in class.

ABC is a hybrid course with pre-recorded and live and interactive elements.

Each week, the course instructors share FIVE pre-recorded videos with a common theme with participants, one per weekday. Each video is 10-15 minutes long, and it comes with optional (recommended!) Reflection Tasks. The course instructors also hold one live event each week with special guests, and trained coaches help participants to process what they’re learning in the private course forum.

Each week of the course centers on a single theme.

  • Week 1: Language is acquired, not learned.

    How IS language acquired, anyway, and what does that mean for language teaching?

  • Week 2: Acquisition cannot happen if comprehension does not occur.

    What techniques can we use to prepare content for class and to deliver it in a way that our students truly understand it, regardless of what activities/strategies/content we are using in class?

  • Week 3: Communicative proficiency develops through acts of communication

    What are specific activities and strategies that we can use in class to connect with our students as we communicate with them about their lives, their ideas, and the world?

  • Week 4: A new way of teaching requires a new way of assessing and grading.

    What does assessment look like in a proficiency-oriented language class, and how can we design assessments and grading policies that are appropriate for our goals and equitable for our students at all levels?

CE Credits Available through Teacher Friendly

The Comprehensible Classroom proudly partners with Teacher Friendly to offer course participants the option to earn 2 Continuing Education credits through the University of the Pacific for an additional fee ($62 per credit). Learn more about how you can earn graduate-level credit here.

Elicia Cárdenas

Elicia Cárdenas

Director of Training
The Comprehensible Classroom