The Agen Workshop 2021 will be in person, face to face. Our morning Language Lab sessions and afternoon presentations, conferences and round tables will take place at the Lycée Saint Caprais. Language Lab students can learn Breton, French, Spanish and English. Robert Harrell will be leading the coaching sessions. Robert, Scott Benedict, Anna Gilcher, Cécile Lainé, Hélène Colinet, Daniel Dubois, Janique Vanderstocken, Tamara Galvan and others will be presenting, teaching, and helping with coaching.
Where is Agen? It lies at the heart of the Lot-et-Garonne on the Garonne river, halfway between Toulouse and Bordeaux, both of which have international airports. You can travel from either city by TGV (High Speed Train) and reach Agen in an hour. The lovely countryside boasts many historical sites, such as Henry IV’s castle at Nérac (https://albret-tourisme.com/a-voir-faire/sites-et-monuments/offre/1146-chateau-henri-iv.html), Bonaguil, one of the largest and best conserved castles in Europe (https://www.chateau-bonaguil.com/ ), the Canal du Midi, the water lily gardens of Temple-sur-Lot, etc.
When is the conference? The morning language labs begin on Monday, July 26th, at 8:30 am. At noon everyone attending the conference is welcomed to an “apéritif” featuring the excellent cuisine and wines of the region by the Mayor of Agen, Jean Dionis de Séjour, and his team. That afternoon the conference team will be introduced to participants and the first presentations will begin. There will be round tables by languages, so that participants can quickly get to know each other better. Through the week there will be three morning hours given over to language labs. Embedded coaches will help observers understand the techniques being used by Lab teachers and will, whenever possible, encourage Observers to assist with the actual teaching. The afternoon presentations and round tables will end at 6:00 pm. There are afternoon and evening coaching sessions. Saturday morning, July 31st, is the last day of the conference. After a final presentation, we will all eat our noon meal together and say our good-byes.
Who is responsible for the Agen Workshop? I am. I am Judith Dubois, a former Peace Corps Volunteer who found myself teaching English as a Foreign Language in Agen when I first heard of TPRS in 2006. After my retirement in 2012, I wanted to help other teachers like me learn about Dr. Stephen Krashen and language acquisition. With the help of Teri Wiechart, I was able to organize the first Agen Workshop in 2013. Fifteen teachers came. Since then we have grown. In 2019 there were over a hundred teachers coming from 30 different countries. Lillian Stirling, who teaches English in Strasbourg, came to the first conference and ever since has been helping me to organize it. My son, Daniel Kline Dubois, came to the first workshop out of curiosity and has become an amazing CI teacher. He teaches the Breton Language Lab where we encourage teachers who are new to CI to attend as students. Robert Harrell has been with us for many years and now leads the coaches. Robert taught German until his retirement and is now an instructor and student teacher supervisor at CSU Long Beach.
What is the Agen Workshop? Above all, it is a meeting place, where language teachers from many different countries come together and share their ideas, their experiences, their problems and their solutions. We allow three hours for lunch because we want the teachers to eat together, to chat, to exchange and to get to know each other better. In many ways, the long lunch hour is a vital part of the Agen experience. There are many small and inexpensive places to eat just a few minutes’ walk from the lycée and the food is delicious. Some participants picnic in the park. During the evenings there is still more choice of places to meet and exchange ideas. Discussions on what you saw and heard during the day will help you to better understand the CI approach to language acquisition.
How much? Registration for the Agen Workshop is 445 euros. This was the Early Bird price for those who registered in 2019 and before March 1st, 2020. The price will not go up.
How do you register? Go to the Registration page of this site, answer the questions and click “send”. There is a Paypal button, but you do not need to have a Paypal account. You can also pay by credit card, or by bank transfer if you are in the European Community, or in cash on arrival.
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