upcoming events

Professional Learning Community (PLC) Gatherings are open to all language instructors interested in language acquisition research and comprehension-based communicative language teaching (CCLT). The gatherings are interactive in nature and include opportunities to experience a new language as a learner, try the strategies with a supportive audience, and be coached in various strategies and micro-practices. Gatherings occur about once a month at various schools on Oʻahu. Teachers in other areas are welcome to join us via Google Hangout.

See our calendar below for upcoming gatherings.

Past events

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Workshops with Tina Hargaden & Justin Slocum Bailey, Honolulu, Dec 14-15 and Dec 16-17, 2018 (7:30am check-in w/coffee & pastries, 8am-4pm workshops, lunch provided, lunch time tbd)


Attend one or both Language Proficiency Teacher Training Workshops for World Language and ELL teachers K-16, with Tina Hargaden & Justin Slocum Bailey, Dec 14-15 and Dec 16-17, at Hanahauʻoli School, 1922 Makiki Street, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi.

"Teaching for Proficiency," Friday Dec 14 and Saturday Dec 15

Learn how to teach for proficiency by guiding your students to interact in the language, using it to communicate about real ideas from day one of class. Learn how to build literacy from the very first days of class by co-writing meaningful texts in a gradual release of responsibility model and following up with reading extension activities. Learn how to make academic content and academic language accessible to your students, to prepare them for advanced work in the language. Learn foundational skills to speak comprehensibly to your students, even beginners.

"Body and Voice Skills," Sunday Dec 16 and Monday Dec 17

A Hands-On, Up-Out-of-Your-Seat Workshop

ACTFL recommends 90%+ Target Language use, but without strategies to support students’ comprehension, this is difficult to achieve. Our bodies can be valuable instruments for supporting comprehension in a 90%+ Target Language classroom. EVERYONE can learn to be more dramatic and playful in their classroom. Even soft-spoken, calm introverts can enchant a group with the right use of their instrument. Learn and practice specific physical and vocal skills that will support you in making your speech more engaging and comprehensible to your students. We will practice improv exercises that connect us to our bodies, emotions, and breath. You will develop your own personalized repertoire, tailored to YOUR unique instrument, of stock expressions, gestures, and movements that will help you establish and reinforce meaning. We will also practice our drawing skills, to use the whiteboard to support comprehension.

Location: Hanahauʻoli School, 1922 Makiki, Honolulu

Accessible by TheBus 4, 5, 17, 18. Street parking only except for Sunday, Dec 16.


Early bird registration before Nov 13, paid by check or purchase order to Hanahauʻoli School c/o Professional Development Center, 1922 Makiki St, Honolulu HI 96822.

$220 for one workshop (2 days)

$380 for both workshops (all 4 days)

Registration Nov 14 through Dec 13, paid by check or purchase order to Hanahauʻoli School c/o Professional Development Center, 1922 Makiki St, Honolulu HI 96822.

$250 for one workshop (2 days)

$400 for both workshops (all 4 days)

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Presenter Information

Tina Hargaden has been teaching French, Spanish, Reading, Language Arts, English Language Development, and Social Studies since 2003. She holds a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction and has pursued extensive training in literacy and language acquisition. She is the co-author, with Ben Slavic, of A Natural Approach to Stories and A Natural Approach to the Year. She lives and teaches in Portland, Oregon and has presented at numerous workshops and conferences. She is the founder of the World Language Proficiency Project, offering training on building Basic Interpersonal Communication Skills (BICS) and Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency (CALP). She is also the leader of CI Liftoff on FaceBook, a thriving online learning community for language teachers.

Justing Slocum Bailey in his own words: I love languages and I love people. I help people have joy and success in learning and teaching languages. The absence of joy and success from most language learning attempts is a big part of what motivates me as a teacher and trainer. I've gotten to help people of all ages learn languages in schools, summer programs, and communities, both in person and online. I’ve also taught guitar and literature and coached soccer, and I study and teach a style of Japanese jujutsu called Hakko Denshin Ryu. Having enjoyed a combined twelve years in Vancouver, British Columbia, and Los Angeles, California, I now live in Ann Arbor, Michigan, but spend much of the year trotting the globe to train and support teachers and help schools, districts, publishers, software developers, travel companies, and non-profit organizations do their work even better. My training and consulting experience in the United States ranges from small liberal arts colleges and Ivy League universities to huge state universities, and from storied K-12 private schools to the poorest districts in the country.