Developing fluency across all four language skills: understanding the cognitive bases of fluency and its implications for learning

This course will be online.

The attainment of fluency is the holy grail of language teaching. Yet recent research indicates clearly that many language teachers misunderstand the concept of fluency and use approaches to its development which are not validated and/or are often at odds with research.

This evidence-based course aims to provide a deep understanding of the cognition of fluency, from ballistic processing to restructuring, from priming to automaticity; a principled framework for a fluency-driven and fluency-building curriculum and a wide range of fluency promoting activities. For each activity, Gianfranco will provide the ‘why’ and the ‘when’ of its implementation, i.e. its rationale and where in an instructional sequence it should go.

For those keen to implement Dr Conti's EPI pedagogical cycle, this workshop will be invaluable for the planning and resourcing of the last two phases of the MARS-EARS sequence, i.e. Routinization and Spontaneity.

Presenter Profile

1-861-Passport Photo (ESD)_Gianfranco Co
Founder and owner of the popular language learning website The Language Gym, Gianfranco Conti is an applied linguistics MA and PhD graduate with many years of classroom experience. He has taught Modern Languages for nearly 30 years both at primary, secondary and university levels.

He has researched the impact of metacognitive strategies training and error correction on L2 essay writing under the supervision of Oxford University Ernesto Macaro both during his PhD and a large-scale project in English comprehensive schools documented in Professor Macaro (2001)’s book. In his current role as Visiting Fellow at the University of Reading, he has lexicogrammar acquisition, listening instruction, metacognition, error correction and learner autonomy as his main research interests.

Formerly head of languages at various schools in England and abroad where he has developed and implemented his instructional approach (Extensive Processing Instruction), he is currently a researcher at the University of Reading in his capacity of Visiting Fellow and a highly renowned and sought-after conference speaker and CPD provider very active in the UK, South-East Asia, Middle East and Australia. He delivers keynotes in major international events all year around, conducts an average of 150 workshops for language teachers a year and visits roughly as many schools in the same period of time either to provide professional development or to help schools improve their curriculum design and delivery.

He is well-known internationally for his teaching resources that have won him the TES Best contributor award and have been downloaded over 4,500,000 times by over 100,000 teachers around the world.

His blog on MFL pedagogy, The Language Gym (, is one of the most influential in the world and has won him several international awards. The professional development group he founded, ‘Global Innovative Language Teachers’ is one of the largest and fastest-growing communities of its genre.

Gianfranco has co-authored with Steve Smith the best-selling handbooks for MFL professionals, ‘The Language Teacher Toolkit’ and ‘Breaking the sound barrier: teaching learners how to listen’. He has also recently published a Spanish workbook for beginner to pre-intermediate learners of Spanish, "Spanish Sentence Builders - a Lexicogrammar Approach", written with his former colleague Dylan Viñales.

Cost: £85 per delegate

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