Welcome to Comprehensible Input Training

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In the posts below, you will find notes and materials used in the GCPS 2014 CI Training Workshop.  45 teachers in four languages, French, German, Latin and Spanish, attended this workshop.

On subsequent pages you will find helpful links and a place where we will post teacher testimonials of what is happening in their classrooms.


Power Points and Documents from 2015 GCPS CI Training

You will find linked below the Slide Presentations and documents that we shared with participants in the 2015 CI Training Workshop.  You may view these and use these.  We ask that if you use one that you first MAKE A COPY and then edit as you need, giving credit to the creator of the work.

Choral Readings

CI and Backward Design

CI Strategy: Circling

Creating Embedded Readings


Introduction to CI Principles

Introducing CI to the Textbook

Participant Packet–CI Strategies and Explanations

Reading Strategies


Timed Writes

Writing Workshop

Comments from CI Workshop Participants

Here are some comments which Keith has gotten from folks at our inservice:

Michelle Broeg – Archer HS
I used the circling balls – didn’t get to it every day but still planning to work through their cards some this week. Thanks for the tips and the support!

 Michelle, this is a great start! It may not fit in your lesson every day, but it is great that you are sticking to it. I haven’t done it every day either because my goal this year is to add more variety to my CI classroom so that the novelty doesn’t wear off. -Lauren


Norma Miller – Duluth HS
I tried circling with balls, it was so-so successful, mostly because I gave out of ideas, but the kids loved it. Next week we have SPG’s, but I’m going to try embedded reading and popcorn reading. I got a road runner story/video. I teach Spanish 3, so explosion, accident, fall, wounded, are all a review for them, and vocabulary such as : at the beginning,  nature, desert, valley, sierra. beautiful, landscape, climb a rock, rock,  he approaches, a little while, to happen, will be the new words. It has several cognates, so I think they can handle all the new vocab.. I’m still working on simplifying my story – I have one more day for this 🙂  I’m still working on figuring out how long to stay on each story/activity, any ideas?

 Wow! You are jumping right in! That is wonderful! In my experience, if I start an activity on day 1 and don’t finish it, I try to change the activity enough on day 2 to keep the novelty. For example, if I do a TPRS story on day 1 and class is over before we finish and I haven’t had the chance to circle all of the vocabulary, I may do a choral reading the next day with the same story idea (with a few twists), the same vocabulary and then really circle the vocab that we didn’t get to on the previous day. That is just me, but I encourage you to experiment with your students to see what works. I think that novelty is really key with this type of teaching. If they start to hear the same thing over and over again, that is when they are less engaged and more likely to tune out. –Lauren


Kate Wilson – Brookwood HS
I tried circling with balls.  All went well…the more I do it, the better I’m sure I will be:)

Definitely Kate! Circling is a skill that is not easy at first and takes a lot of practice. I used to (and still do sometimes) script out all of my questions and put them on my desk as a reference in case I stumbled. Keith and Bob make circling look effortless, but when you try it in front of your class it is really difficult!! -Lauren


Marianne Lattimore – Parkview HS
I haven’t yet, but I was going to ask a question about the circling with balls activity and that question is, what was the order for what question to ask when?  I remember there was one where the answer should be yes, one where the answer is the correct vocab word, one where the answer is no, but I don’t remember if there are others or what order was best for the questions to go in.  If you can help me out with that, I’d like to try that activity this year. Thanks!

 Here is Keith’s response to Marianne:

Thanks for your comments. With circling, the basic order is

 1) a yes answer

2) an either/or answer (this depends on what vocabulary word/form you are focusing)

3) a no answer

 Example: Marcus, do you have cat? (yes)

1) O class, does Marcus have a cat? (yes)

2) O class, does Marcus have a cat or a dog? (a cat)

3) O class, does Marcus have a dog? (no)

 If you really want to get in repetitions, you can add the following after the class responds:

1) O class, does Marcus have a cat? (yes) Yes, Marcus has a cat

2) O class, does Marcus have a cat or a dog? (a cat) yes, Marcus has a cat. Marcus does not have a dog – how ridiculous! Marcus has a cat.

3) O class, does Marcus have a dog? (no) No, Marcus does not have a dog. Marcus has a cat.

4) O class, what does Marcus have? (a cat)

5) O class, who has a cat? (Marcus)

6) O class, who has a dog? [assuming that someone prior to this has said that they have a dog]

Andrea Ryles – Brookwood HS
I did a TPRS story that I created. I made a PowerPoint with the new vocab and had some activities with the vocab before actually going into the story. I later followed it up with the drawing game where one student illustrates a line from the story and then the other student finds the sentence within the story. On Friday, I did “read-dating” with the story. “Read-dating” was a huge hit! They had a lot of fun with it and I think it was a confidence builder as well.

 Awesome! It sounds like you are doing everything right! I haven ‘t done “Read-dating” with my level 1 class yet, but I can’t wait! It sounds like students love it! -Lauren