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Free Virtual Training
Choose one or more topics from the list we provide and get targeted instruction on those topics! These sessions are ideal for those who have an active, paid subscription to Voces and have specific questions about how to use the materials and tools. Complete this form to choose the topics and schedule a time, and we’ll be in touch with confirmation soon after! Here are some of the topics you can get training on:
Creating classes/Adding students
Platform Features and Settings (like the Game Center, Account Settings, etc.)
Paid Virtual Training
Do you need more insight on how to implement the “Our Story” curricula? Are you and your department looking for training on Comprehensible Input (CI) techniques? Are you looking to bolster your understanding of the science behind CI and Acquisition-Driven Instruction (ADI)? These trainings offer options for all of the above.
Look over the options below and then call or email us to schedule!
Cost: $500 + $100/participating teacher
Average Run Time: 3 hours
We offer three versions of this session, based on the groups' overall experience and familiarity with CI/ADI. Participants will be expected to complete a survey prior to participating in the presentation. The results of this survey will be used to determine the version we provide.
In this session, deep dive into the what, why, and how of Comprehensible Input and Acquisition-Driven Instruction. First, we focus on the science behind CI and ADI and how understanding the connections between our brains and second-language acquisition can help us teach more effectively. Then, we'll unpack specific tools in the “Our Story” curriculum, like TPR, story scripts, PQAs, and the stories themselves, and talk about how you can use those materials to produce Comprehensible Input and provide Acquisition-Driven Instruction. This session will include explanation and demonstration, as well as opportunities for teachers to try the techniques for themselves in small groups (using breakout rooms).
Average Run Time: 1 hour
Choose one topic from the list and enjoy a targeted one-hour training session on that topic, using examples from “Our Story.”
A Story from Beginning to End: Get a breakdown of techniques you can do before, during, and after a story. This overview will use a story from the level, language, and “Our Story” title you choose.
Talking with Students: Learn key techniques for getting students talking and listening in the target language while staying comprehensible. We’ll touch on using the PQA scripts and ready-made activities in “Our Story,” as well as approaches you can use anytime when talking with students.
How to Teach a Novel: Get a breakdown of techniques you can do before, during, and after reading a novel with a class. This overview will use a novel from the level and language you choose.
Using Videos and Images in the Classroom: Videos and images are powerful tools if you know how to use them, and there are many videos and images within “Our Story” - from the Netflix series Go! Vive a tu manera to the interview-style videos to the country-specific photos at the beginning of each unit. In this one-hour session, we’ll discuss best practices for using videos and images to provide compelling, comprehensible input to your students.
Finding Success with Authentic Communicative Tasks and Integrated Performance Assessments (IPAs): The authentic tasks and IPAs in “Our Story” stand out as challenging, real-world scenarios that call upon students’ creativity and fluency, not just with the language but with the cultures about which they are learning. This session will show you how to utilize the authentic communicative tasks within every unit to prepare students for the IPA and will also touch on best practices when administering an IPA.
Cost: $1000 base fee + $100/participating teacher
Average Run Time: 3 hours
We will meet with you for up to an hour before the training to determine what specific topics to cover, pertaining to what languages and levels. From there, we’ll create a customized session. Please note that the group lead will be expected to complete a survey before scheduling to help us narrow down what topics to cover. If we aren’t equipped to provide the training for those topics or believe those topics won’t require this intensive type of training, we’ll inform you then, prior to payment or any additional investment of time.
*For in-person training options and pricing, contact us at 1-800-848-0256 or [email protected].
Phone and Email Support
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Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (ET), or after hours by appointment
Depending on the title you're using, there may be a pacing guide for the first chapter in the resource library. This guide will show you how to pace the elements found in each chapter and can serve as an outline for your lesson plans for other chapters. Not sure where the resource library is? Check out this video. No matter which title you use, there are lots of great materials in the Resource Library to help with your planning.
Voces is aligned to the ACTFL World-Readiness Standards. Each title will have an alignment document in the Resource Library. Like the pacing guide, this will be for the first chapter only but can easily be applied to the subsequent chapters.
We find that most states follow these same standards closely, and we're happy to help with confirming that our curriculum follows your state standards.
Notre histoire and Nuestra historia are our French and Spanish Comprehensible Input curriculum series. These titles use compelling stories filled with high-frequency structures to prepare students for Integrated Performance Assessments at the end of each unit. Read more here.
Francais 1 and 2 as well as Spanish Novice and Intermediate are our grammar-based curriculum series. This is a method that shelters vocabulary into themed lists and has a finer focus on grammar concepts. Read more here.
There are several methods of adding students: the best way will be different for each teacher, so if you need any help deciding, don't hesitate to reach out!
Add students with your LMS: If you use a Voces-integrated LMS (Google Classroom, Schoology, or Canvas). you can easily import your students using your LMS link! Read more about LMS integration here.
Create a Class and Add Students:This video will walk you through manually adding your students either by hand or with a .csv spreadsheet. (Don't worry, the video shows you how to make sure you have that file as well!)
Enable Self-Registration:This video gives you step-by-step directions for adding your students through self-registration. This is a great option if you have larger classes but don't use a Voces-integrated LMS (Google, Schoology, Canvas).
Voces Digital is very excited to offer LMS (learning management systems) integration. We are working to add more programs to our list but we currently offer full integration with Google Classroom, Schoology, and Canvas. If you have another LMS that you want to see added, send us an email at inf[email protected] and we will add it to our list of potentials!
Find our W9 here. Note that the information matches our parent company, Teacher's Discovery. Some schools have us in their vendor system already!
If you need a quote, give us a call at 1-800-848-0256 or email us at [email protected].
You can get a free 10-day trial to any Voces title or titles that you want to explore by signing up here. All trials are initially locked to prevent students from pretending to be teachers, so please call us at 800-848-0256 to unlock your trial.
You can sign your colleague up on the same link above, or send the link to them! If you have a group of teachers who will all want trials, you can send a list to [email protected]. Please include the following information for each teacher:
Title(s) to Trial
Voces would love to hear any feedback you have for us. Depending on the nature of your issue, there are a few different ways to reach us.
For anything urgent, call us at 1-800-848-0256 or email us at [email protected] outside of business hours.
For technical issues, it's best to report a bug using the help icon in your account. This collects some of the technical information necessary to troubleshoot. We will usually follow up with any bug reports within 24 hours.
Product feedback, questions about specific activities or answer keys, and anything else can be directed to [email protected]. We are always happy to fix or update content that needs to be fixed or updated. Keep in mind, Voces is completely customizable as well! If there is any content that you want to present differently, you can make those changes as well with the Voces Editor.
We are here to help! Call, chat, or email us today.
Previously Recorded Webinars
Using Zoom for Remote Learning w/ Charles Verhey
By now most of you have used Zoom. You’re using it right now to participate in our webinars! But did you know there’s more hidden behind the scenes? Features you have with your account right now that you might not even realize are available to you? In this webinar, I'm going to show you some of these hidden settings to help make the experience for you and your students more engaging and easier to use.
Learn how to get your students to RSVP for class, how to email reminders to your students prior to the meeting, how to get your students to "raise their hand", how to use break-out rooms and nonverbal feedback, how to protect your classroom against unwanted visitors, how to take attendance, the difference between a "webinar" and a "meeting", and tips on how to manage both small and large groups of attendees.
Voces Digital Live Support
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So, what are you waiting for? Schedule your free walkthrough now!
The Hub is your go-to place for support and supplements for the CI/ADI-based classroom. It was created to provide training and support to teachers who use the Voces® curriculum series, Our Story (Notre histoire, Nuestra historia, Unsere Geschichten, and Nostra storia). However, much of the information at The Hub is useful to any World Language teacher, especially those who are familiar with acquisition-driven instruction (ADI).
The Hub is free to all teachers. Everyone is welcome! If you have a subscription to Voces and want to access The Hub, then log in to any title, go to settings, and add The Hub from the drop-down menu of available titles. If you don't have a subscription and want to access The Hub, then sign up for access here.
The Hub contains a wealth of training and support materials, including:
a complete library of video tutorials on key techniques for ADI.
activities to use with pictures, cultural resources, story scripts, and other World Language resources (including those in Our Story).
ideas on using Voces-specific games and other games creatively.
additional ADI-based resources on everything from using music and podcasts in the classroom to classroom conversation and routines. These additional resources were created by Voces collaborators, including Marta Ruiz Yednick, JJ Epperson, Allynn Lodge, and Eric Richards.
the complete instructional video collection, “How to Teach for Language Acquisition” by Gary DiBianca, which provides strategies for making target language comprehensible for your students using the resources within Our Story.
information on additional training and conference opportunities.
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