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Practical, Powerful,

& Effective Professional Development


Practical and powerful world language professional development for all world language educators.

Professional development that can easily and immediately be implemented into any curriculum and world language classroom.

Professional development can also be tailored to focus on different areas. And, there are different time formats available - half-day, full-day, and workshops. There are also opportunities to train in CI and TPRS.

Popular Sessions:

- From Input to Output: Practical Writing Strategies for any Classroom

- Let's Chat: Connecting your Class in the Target Language

- Get Creative with Reading: Keep Readings and Stories Fresh & Engaging

- Q-D-P: Using Questioning, Details & Personalization to Complement Stories and Readings

- CI and Circling: Staying in the target language

- Entry Points into Culture: Using Texts and Readings to Incorporate Culture

Strategies that can be readily applied to all language instruction, no matter what language you teach - and no matter what curriculum you use!

These strategies effectively support all modes of communication - presentational, interpretive, and interpersonal!

No new materials or curriculum is necessary. No "starting over" or excessively creating and re-writing lesson plans! You use the strategies how and when you see fit.

We grow best when we share and learn from each other!

Do you have a presentation or idea that you would like to share with others?

There are opportunities for you to present and share with your colleagues during the professional development - and beyond.

Find out more how Eric can help with your world language professional development needs:

Eric Richards Instructional Consulting, LLC

Testimonials

Thanks, Eric. Absolutely the best PD I've ever had! - D.H.

I learned so much and was so excited about learning. I can't wait to start trying to implement the strategies I learned, and I am sure my students will be just as excited to learn. – W. S.

Eric is wonderful. Eric is personable and his PD is so useful. Thank you so much! – A.A.

I have taught with Eric for many years. I am always impressed how he continues to keep his students engaged and excited. His instructional practices have led to increased enrollment, retention, and students, who go on to study language – and study abroad. – W.K.

Eric Richards approaches projects, training, and collaboration with exceptional focus and integrity. He is able to understand the larger goal, while also executing specific tasks with skill and success. – E.A.

Grafted Writing

Available here: Grafted Writing

Grafted Writing is a method that uses comprehensible input to create student output. It employs various activities centered on authentic text or text in the target language to improve students' writing skills while promoting reading comprehension, speaking skills, and self-expression.

The "New" Series

Available here: The “New” Series

- neue Schule, neue Freunde
- neue Konversationen, neue Komplikationen
- neue Reise, neue Abenteuer

(Series also available in French and Spanish through TPRSBooks.com)

The series can be effectively implemented with various teaching styles, including traditional, communicative, thematic, TPRS, CI, etc. It is also designed to help facilitate read-aloud, sustained silent readings, student acting, personalization, interaction, and more. There are two sections at the end of each book. One section is general comprehension questions over the chapters. The other section is individualized questions designed to give students more practice (with the structures and vocabulary) by allowing the student to engage and respond in a personalized manner. This section is easily expandable and lends itself well for PQA sessions, class discussions, and personalization in the classroom.

nicht alltägliche Geschichten

Available on Amazon: nicht alltägliche Geschichten

nicht alltägliche Geschichten is a collection of short stories. They can be read for enjoyment or be utilized in the classroom. In the classroom, these stories can be used not only as of the focus of a lesson but also to complement and expand existing readings, FVR/SSR libraries, and a variety of additional activities. These stories are flexible and adaptable and can be implemented at various levels of instruction. The stories are also written to help elicit reactions and responses. In addition, individual stories and/or the setting of some stories incorporate historical and cultural elements.

NOTE: Teacher’s Guide & Activities available for this title: Examples are predominately in English, and the activities can be adapted for other texts and languages.

No purchase necessary; all language teachers may request a copy.

Please state in the message which teacher guide you are requesting. Thank you!

Eric Richards Instructional Consulting, LLC

Die Suche nach ...

Available on Amazon: Die Suche nach ...

“The flashlight flickers. Eva hits the flashlight with her hand. The flashlight flickers once more. She hits the flashlight again with her hand. Nothing. The flashlight is out. Eva hits the flashlight one more time. Again nothing. Only absolute darkness.” Join Eva and Peter as they travel across Eastern Europe searching for .... With unexpected twists and turns and a chance meeting with a stranger, Eva and Peter quickly find out that there is more to their adventure than they initially thought.

Die Suche nach ... is an engaging story based on real historical events. It can be read for personal enjoyment or be utilized in the classroom for more advanced language learners. This book can be used not only as the focus of a lesson but also to complement and expand further lessons, discussions, activities, and FVR/SSR libraries.

NOTE: Teacher’s Guide & Activities available for this title: The guide is specific for this German title.

No purchase necessary; all language teachers may request a copy.

Please state in the message which teacher guide you are requesting. Thank you!

Die Wahrheit über ...

Available on Amazon: Die Wahrheit über ...

Young Wilhelm always enjoyed walking home on the idyllic path next to the lake in his little, quiet Bavarian town of Berg. However, one day, on his way home, he saw something no one was supposed to witness; the murder of King Ludwig II. As he witnesses the men, the chaos, and the shots fired, he is spotted. The king's assassins pursue him. No one can know the truth. Wilhelm must be found and dealt with. Join Wilhelm in this historical thriller of political cover-ups and lies as he struggles to avoid being caught and how he attempts to set the record straight. The truth must be told. This book can be read for personal enjoyment or be utilized in the classroom for more advanced language learners.

NOTE: Teacher’s Guide & Activities available for this title: This guide is specific for this German title.

No purchase necessary; all language teachers may request a copy.

Please state in the message which teacher guide you are requesting. Thank you!