To meet the language needs of the community, CALA offers services to a variety of audiences. Please use the links noted below to see what services are available for your group of interest.
CALA's language-learning courses are ideal for adults of all ages (at least 13 years) and backgrounds. CALA offers cutting-edge language instruction that result in rapid gains in a variety of languages inside a FUN and engaging classroom. Whether you are a high-school or college student looking to get a head start or jump start with the language you're learning in school . . . or an adult looking to study a language for the first time . . . or someone looking to pick up a language learned years ago, CALA language courses are perfect for any student. The CALA Language Institute offers Spanish classes throughout the year and a variety of language classes each summer . . . come join us!
- Current student reference: Shelley Thomas' Classroom Site (Middle Tennessee State University)
Schools and School Systems
Workshops / In-Service Training / Coaching / Consultation
CALA offers in-service workshops on the teaching and learning of world languages [including English as a Second Language (ESL)] based on brain research--with special attention to delivering comprehensible input in the classroom. TPR (Total Physical Response) and TPRS (Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling) are the most popular comprehensible input tools on which CALA customarily gives workshops. Three levels of workshops are available:
- Level 1 - Demonstration (3.0 hours)
This is ideal for schools or school systems that are interested in adopting a new paradigm for their world languages classroom based on using comprehensible input in the classroom (e.g., using tools like TPR and TPRS). The demonstration serves to expose uninitiated teachers and administrators to the power and effectiveness of a well-orchestrated comprehensible input classroom. The demonstration is conducted in a language unknown to participants (usually Chinese or Japanese) so that they can have a visceral experience of what it is like to acquire a new language through comprehensible input.
- Level 2 - In-Service Training - Introduction to Comprehensible Input (≥ 12.0 hours) For a full exposition and beginning practice of the basic skills needed to use TPR/TPRS, CALA recommends a minimum of 12.0 hours (TPR - 6.0, TPRS - 6.0) of in-service training, which can be divided as desired by the participating organization. Subject matter can also be tailored to meet the needs of schools and/or their counties or districts.
- Level 3 - In-Service Training - Coaching (≥ 3.0 hours)
(Pre-Requisite: Introduction to Comprehensible Input) Coaching is about individualized skill development. CALA will work with teachers as individuals or as groups either to develop their lesson plans or to refine their skills delivering comprehensible input in the classroom.
- Level 4 - Consultation (≥ 3.0 hours)
Some schools have staff trained in using comprehensible input but need individual attention for curriculum and/or content development. Consultation is provided on a per/hour basis to help schools or school systems map content to existing standards, develop lesson plans
In-Service Training Fee: $250/hour ($750 minimum) plus $100/day for travel/incidentals if outside Rutherford County, Tennessee. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss a workshop that is just right for you!
CALA supports teachers in their mission to bring more effective language instruction into their classrooms. Available to teachers during its Summer Language Institute is a methodology course aimed at training teachers how to use the CALA's comprehensible input tools like TPR and TPRS in their own classrooms. Details for this course as well as CALA language-learning materials (i.e., workbooks) can be found on CALA's Marketplace/Registration Page (available summer only).
CALA recognizes teachers' need for training and support to successfully implement comprehensible input strategies in their classrooms. We welcome you to read more about how to become a certified practitioner of TPR/TPRS and other brain-based comprehensible input methods through CALA's Teacher Certification Program.
With the rapidly growing Latino population in Tennessee, it behooves our community and business groups to have an understanding of Spanish for basic communication and business transactions. CALA has partnered with government and industry groups to provide an accelerated, entertaining, highly effective language-learning experience ideal for busy professionals. Please contact us at email@example.com and we would be happy to meet with you to discuss how we can meet your language needs!
ESL (English as a Second Language)
CALA provides ESL instruction on a limited basis to individuals and groups. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for availability and additional detail.