Fluency Matters 2024 Conference

Join us July 8 to 11 in Denver, Colorado

Why Fluency Matters

The Fluency Matters conference (formerly known as IFLT) specializes in training and preparing teachers to implement Acquisition Driven Instruction (ADI), especially through the use of Comprehension-based™ readers. Learn the how, what, and why of Acquisition-Driven Instruction (ADI) from over 20 trainers and coaches alongside hundreds of like-minded colleagues! Discover how to confidently facilitate joyful language acquisition for all learners. Cultivate your skills as an acquisition-driven instructor. Fall in love with teaching again!

  • Register Now

    Registration is open at the price of $459 (plus tax where applicable). This price includes full conference registration, a welcome reception Sunday night before the conference, 3 days of on-site lunches, and high-quality training in Acquisition-driven Instruction!
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  • Pre-Conference Workshops

    For only a $60 add-on fee, you can choose from three amazing options for a pre-conference workshop to jump-start your week!
    • Wayside author, Carrie Toth, is leading a workshop on Unit Planning and Assessment using comprehension-based readers!
    • Paulino Brener is teaching an “Improve your Spanish” for Spanish teachers language class - he will continue to host shorter classes like this during the conference!
    • Wayside author, Kristy Placido, will be presenting Comprehensible Conversations
  • Training Strands

    We realize that everyone is coming to this conference with diverse backgrounds and experiences with Acquisition-Driven Instruction. For this reason, we have developed strands that will focus specifically on your level of comfort and expertise with ADI, while allowing each of you to grow in your individual practice and reach your goals.

    Embedded within the strands there will be demonstrations, deconstructions, theory, practice, and feedback. Each strand will provide an overview/review of ADI and will work on the skills you need most.
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  • Acquisition-driven Instruction Skills Labs

    Nurture your ADI skills in the best peer coaching session you will ever experience. Our premiere coaches will organize a small-group ADI deconstruction experience where you have the choice of being a teacher-demonstrator, a language student, or an observer. We need all of these roles to make our coaching pods work! You won't want to miss this amazing opportunity to hone your skills and learn something new.
  • Language Classes

    A key element of our training strategy in Acquisition-driven Instruction is for every participant to experience being a novice student in an ADI language class. This year, you will have five different languages to choose from: Russian, Mandarin Chinese, Latin, Thai & French. You will participate in the same beginner language class for one hour each day, experiencing ADI delivered in 4 sequential lessons.
  • Language Labs

    Watch real students acquire language with Acquisition-driven Instructional (ADI) strategies in our Novice Spanish & French classes and our Intermediate Spanish class. In addition, an Advanced "Improve your Spanish" for Spanish teachers can be observed to see how ADI is used at the advanced level.
  • Conference Schedule

    Starts: Monday, July 8th at 1:00pm Ends: Thursday, July 11th at 4:00pm

    This amazing conference will include engaging sessions created and shared by experienced, innovative educators, language classes for both students and participants, and training strands tailored to your experience with Acquisition-Driven Instruction (ADI).
    Conference Schedule Breakdown
  • Sponsoring & Exhibiting

    Wayside Publishing and the Fluency Matters Conference welcome vendors, to sponsor and/or exhibit. Choose as many sponsorships as you like to maximize your company’s visibility and earn Silver, Gold, or Platinum sponsor status and get your brand in front of teachers!
    Exhibit with us!
  • Keynote Speaker
    Leslie Davison

    Originally from northern Michigan, Leslie Davison has made her home in Colorado for more than 25 years. An outstanding teacher of Spanish K-12 in an IB/PYP program for 15+ years with a few years of teaching and coaching technology,
    Learn more about Leslie Davison
  • Comprehension-based Readers

    The Fluency Matters Conference is the only summer conference where you will be trained to use a Comprehension-based reader™. Not only will you be trained, but you will have the opportunity to peruse our newest Comprehension-based readers™. Join us to learn all the ins and outs of teaching with these amazing resources!
    Shop Readers
  • Fluency Matters Podcast

    Embark on the Road to Acquisition-driven Instruction with our podcast. Discover the exciting opportunities at this year's conference in Denver, CO. Join us as we explore innovative teaching methods, share expert insights, and inspire a new generation of global communicators. Let's shape the future of language education together!
    Listen now!
  • Fluency Matters Team

    Meet our amazing team of trainers, presenters & coaches! Don't miss the opportunity to catch one of them in action this year in Denver. Explore the link below to learn more about each and every person working on the conference this year.
    Meet Our Team
  • Graduate-Level Semester Credit

    Fluency Matters Conference 2024, in partnership with the University of the Pacific – Benerd College, offers the opportunity to earn graduate-level semester credit (non-degree) at an affordable cost of $62 per semester credit. We are pleased to provide you with a cost-effective opportunity to meet your professional development goals.
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  • Rationale for your administration

    Need help convincing your administration that the Fluency Matters conference is the professional development that you need? Reference these descriptions of the conference agenda and outcomes.
    Agenda and Rationale
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