If you’re just getting started with proficiency-based instruction, you should read the books first. They are holistic and comprehensive. They give you a greater and fuller sense of what proficiency-based language instruction is like.


  1. A Natural Approach to the Year (aka Year One on Teacher’s Discovery) by Tina Hargarden and Ben Slavic
  2. A Natural Approach to Stories by Ben Slavic and Tina Hargarden
  3. The Big CI Book by Ben Slavic
  4. Practical Advice for Teachers of Heritage Learners of Spanish 2nd Edition edited by Mike Peto
  5. The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller (for why/how to set up Free Choice Reading)
  6. A Novel Approach by Kate Roberts (for why/how to set up Free Choice Reading)
  7. All of Dr. Stephen Krashen’s publications on his website
    –but in particular his Principles and Practice in Second Language Acquisition



  1. Reading Program Powerpoint by Brett
  2. And Mike Peto’s Reading Program PPT (scroll down and click the link)
  3. Basis/Evidence/ACTFL for Curriculum Change and here by Brett



  1. Strategic Reading Program Purchasing Recommendations