•Classroom Spanish Teacher (35 years): elementary, middle school, high school and college •District World Language Specialist (Minneapolis and Wayzata) •State World Language Supervisor (Minnesota Dept. of Education) •National and International Workshop Presenter (15 years)
My mission is to redefine possibilities for learning languages by teaching TARGET CULTURE CONTENT in the TARGET LANGUAGE from DAY ONE! The result? World savvy, multilingual global citizens!. I created Content-Based Instruction with Storytelling (CBIS), a combination of strategies from Comprehensible Input, Content-Based Instruction, Sheltered Content Instruction (teaching English Language Learners), Immersion, TPR, Natural Approach and TPRS.
•Founder's Award (Central States Conference on the Teaching of Languages and Cultures) •Emma Birkmaier Award for Outstanding Language Educator (Minnesota Council on the Teaching of Languages and Cultures) •Minnesota Spanish Teacher of the Year (Narvaéz Award, American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese)
•Master of Education - Teaching Second Languages and Cultures (University of Minnesota: Minneapolis) •Principal Licensure (Hamline University: St. Paul, Minnesota) •Bachelor of Arts - Spanish Education and Home Economics (Concordia College: Moorhead, MN)
Looking for a CI workshop to attend or bring to your area? Visit my WEBSITE: www.EducatorInService.com Follow FACEBOOK: EducatorInService Follow TWITTER: @JanKittok My 17 years on staff of El Lago del Bosque, Concordia's Spanish Village in Bemidji, Minnesota, have had the strongest influence on my development as a language educator. Here I acquired a high level of Spanish proficiency while learning cultural perspectives with native speakers from all over the Spanish-speaking world. I learned how language acquisition happens when you think you're doing something else: singing a song, playing a game, preparing a recipe, getting to know people. This is the heart and soul of language learning that I bring to the materials I create for the classroom.