CI 810: Comprehensible Input for Language Acquisition

CI 810: Comprehensible Input for Language Acquisition

Fall term starts now for the online graduate course through Portland State University. Most of us are already planning for kids and practicing new ideas on them, so Fall is a very natural time to take the class. Registration is open now. The final date for registration is October 31. Work is due December 9.

In the course work, you select a goal area for your students/classroom to improve upon. Then, through the PLC, you research ways to improve in that area. The assignments lead you to implement the ideas that you find online and reflect on their effectiveness at meeting the goal you selected.

So far, several PLC members have participated and the feedback has been positive. I have heard that the work is teacher-friendly, useful to their actual classrooms, and a good chance to help them process and implement ideas from the PLC. People have reported that they like it that the class is self-paced and relevant to their current real concerns for their students.

The course will be offered in Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer terms. It is repeatable for credit. There are one and three credit options. The differences are price ($280 for three credits and $160 for one), time commitment (30 hours reading here on the PLC for three credits, 10 for one), and assignments (ten lessons/resources for three credits, four lessons/resources for one credit).

Click here to see the three-credit syllabus:

PSU CI 810 Syllabus

Click here to visit the registration page:



2 thoughts on “CI 810: Comprehensible Input for Language Acquisition”

  1. Hello all!
    This is my first time on the PLC and I can see it has tons of great information. This question is unrelated to Ben’s post, but I wasn’t sure where to start.

    I am teaching a Spanish 4 class that is new to TPRS, although the students are pretty strong overall. I want to start doing free writes with them. What should my time and number of words goals be for this level?

    Thank you!

  2. Hi, Darcie. Welcome to the PLC. You’re right, there is a lot of great information, discussion, and debate. I hope you, like many of us, find that this is truly your Professional Learning Community.

    To answer your question, on the right side of the page, scroll down past the Recent Comments and Recent Posts sections to the Categories. Find “Freewrites” and click. This will take you to a number of articles discussing free writes.

    Here’s a link to get you started:
    Among other things, it refers you to a Rules poster that you can share with your students.

    Hope this helps.

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