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Ultimate CI Book 1 Training Course (Group 4) REGISTRATION CLOSED

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Ben Slavic

Ben is the Eckhart Tolle of language teaching. His Zoom trainings are the best!

Maria T.

I just wanted to let you know that I am getting very positive feedback from the lecturers in our university here in Israel. The teachers feel that they don’t have to look for materials and can create them on the spot. One teacher said it's the greatest professional development that she has ever had.

Sara T.

I will definitely try the new teaching method that we’re learning with Ben Slavic. I’ve tried it with my school students on ZOOM and it was amazing. We all enjoyed the session even though I teach boys who are generally weak. It was effective and they participated and spoke in class! However, I was told that almost 55 students registered this year for my beginner online course. I guess that's a good thing, especially these days....

Maya S.

I just started a new class of 30 Arabic speakers and I did the Star Sequence and it worked so well! One of the reasons for that is that all of your Zoom training really sunk in. My students told me that they felt that the language went into their heads and we all had fun!

Sara T.

There were also definitely many more smiles and much more laughter than is usually present in class. Every time I over-explained some grammar point, I heard Ben chastising my conscious brain to just keep communicating through the phases of the Star.....but all in due time. I finally get how my students need to hear and read before they do the grammar, which they can do later. This is way different but fantastically so.

Carol W.

I really appreciate you taking the time to set up this training and bless me with this super valuable information. You validate everything that I feel has been inside of my mind and never been able to express or communicate. The Star is a life changer. I have been faking my grade book for years! The communication rubric is brilliant. I’m a bit late using it but better late than never.

Victoria W.

I just used the method with my 8th grade special ed class and it took a few minutes for them to get used to, but they all participated and at the end we were able to read the sentence - "Ben is eating chocolate ice cream in a store in Tel Aviv." I used the chat to have the students suggest and vote on each action or adjective. This enabled the kids who don't open their camera to participate. By the end they were willing to join by voice and many turned on their cameras.

Hal R.

I was observed the other day and the department chair was blown away by the number of students participating and how they seemed to comprehend the basic vocabulary and be able to read out loud.

Ronnie B.


Ultimate CI Book Online Training Course

The online Zoom training course supports Book 1. When you sign up for the training, a free copy of the Ultimate CI Book 1 is included.
All attendees receive a Professional Development Certification of Completion for 12 Hours of World Language Instruction Training.
Module A of the Ultimate CI Book online training program (the Beginning module – Book 1) covers everything in the first Ultimate CI Book. Module B  (the Advanced module – Book 2)) covers everything in the second Ultimate CI Book. Note that Module A provides enough material to keep your online students engaged through their entire level 1 language instruction. Module B contains enough material for levels 2-4.
No Zoom instruction will be offered in Module B until summer of 2021. Module A is the pre-requisite.
Refer to the curved yellow bars on the Star Sequence chart in Book 1 to see exactly what is covered in Module A. Here is the syllabus:

If you can before the first class, attend to these four things:

(1) I’m asking everyone to do some reading before the first class. (The entire six-weeks syllabus is found on my website.)

Class 1, Saturday – 2.06.21 (12:00 – 2:00 p.m. Mountain Time) 

(1) Do the following reading in the Ultimate CI Book 1 (pink cover). (The book is sent out automatically once you’ve signed up for the training.)

1. Read pp. 7-17

2. Read pp. 18-19 (optional)

3. Read pp, 48-55

(2) Go to the following YouTube links and watch at least a few of them each week and try to get them all viewed by the end of Training Week 3 You will be glad you watched them. Try to notice how what is explained in the book matches up with what these teachers are doing in the videos. Eventually, it is exactly what you will be doing in your classrooms.

Video 1:

Video 2: 

Video 3:

Video 4:

Video 5:

Video 6:

Video 7:

(3) Have a piece of card stock and a marker of any kind ready at the beginning of class on Sat.

(4) If you notice in the videos, the teachers (Victoria, Jesus, me, Marko, Carl, Yvonne etc.) in each of our videos have set up a very simple little “space” for teaching online. You will need, ideally, a whiteboard behind you (like in the videos) or, failing that, a portable one that you can handle during class (Victoria does this quite effectively). The tripod whiteboard is ideal. You’ll also need a set of the question words in English. (No need to set up your little “teaching space” right now. It can be done later and if you don’t intend to “work” (i.e. get coached in class) you won’t need to build this little space at all

(5) This class will demo a full journey around the Star (45-90 min.) followed by a Q and A discussion from questions raised in the Chat. If time remains: coaching. 

Class 2 – Saturday – 2.13.21 (12:00 – 2:00 p.m. Mountain Time) –
  1. Read pp, 19-48
  2. Read pp. 58-66
  3. Continue on with more videos. Again, try to follow the predictable questioning level process as it unfolds in each video you watch. The road to your success is paved with those questioning levels and with the five phases of the Star.
  4. This class will demo and discuss the Create and Review phases of the Star, followed by a Q and A discussion from questions raised in the Chat. If time remains: coaching.
Class 3 – Saturday – 2.20.21 (12:00 – 2:00 p.m. Mountain Time) – Demo and Coaching. 
  1. Review pp. 17-66
  2. Watch one of the videos listed above.
  3. This class will demo and discuss all phases of the Star with special focus on its Write, Review and Extend phases. This is followed by a Q and A discussion from questions raised in the Chat. If time remains: coaching.
Class 4 –  Demo and Coaching. Saturday – 2.27.21 (12:00 – 2:00 p.m. Mountain Time) –
Demo in Spanish by Jesús Horacio Báez Ávila
  1. Watch any of the sample videos 8-14 at
Class 5 – Demo and Coaching. Saturday – 3.06.21 (12:00 – 2:00 p.m. Mountain Time) – Demo in Russian by Viktoria Yevtushenko
  1. Review Pamela sample story.
Class 6 – Demo and Coaching. Saturday – 3.13.21 (12:00 – 2:00 p.m. Mountain Time) – Demos and Coaching


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