Asking questions in TPRS

There is something magical that happens in regards to language acquisition when we ask questions.  Questions require answers and this is an important way to engage students in classrooms.  I recently was reading an article from Bryce Hedstrom on the Basics of TPRS and adapted some of what

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Collaborative Storytelling

Since I changed schools this year, I have been reluctant to record any of my own classes. However, I still think it is tremendously valuable to watch others.  There are so many layers to teaching in this way and I love that I keep on learning from what others do.

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Teaching grammar and telling stories

It is fairly common to come across other language teachers that misinterpret Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling. As a TPRS trainer and aficionado of all things related to teaching with Comprehensible Input I hear teachers say something like, “Oh you don’t teach grammar.”

I restrain myself a bit when I

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iFLT Language Learning Labs-2015

When it comes to teaching, I learn the most by watching others. Here are some clips of various teachers at iFLT 2015. One of the brilliant and unique things about iFLT is the ability for teachers to watch other teachers for a week with real students. The language learning labs

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Making TPRS look like school

I have noticed that once teachers start their path of falling in love with teaching with comprehensible input they start to to deal with the anxiety of what to do next. Those are real and authentic concerns.  TPRS demonstrations can be intoxicating. The thoughts rush through our heads about starting

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Teacher Spotlight: Eric Herman

Eric Herman of Edgartown, MA has been sharing great information with the TPRS/TCI community for the past few years. He is a pretty amazing teacher and is so passionate about the research of Second Language Acquisition and getting the best results from his students in a loving way. I do

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Student results-2nd grade

Early fluency develops in the classroom because students hear and understand the new language. The constant goal is that students hear language enough times that they go from slow processing to fast processing the language with the goal of speaking without hesitancy.  Alisa Shapiro-Rosenberg of Winnetka Public Schools shared this

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Blaine Ray doing a MovieTalk

In this video Blaine Ray is serving as a guest teacher for a level 2 class.  I always enjoy watching him in action and I definitely picked up some new tips from this one.  We can observe step 2 of TPRS – Ask a story, along with MovieTalk, Student actors,

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The results of 27 students on the Ap Exam.

TPRS and AP results

Darcy Pippins of Norman, Oklahoma shared her 2014 AP Spanish Language and Culture results this summer. What is interesting to recognize is that achieving AP Exam success by acquiring language through only TPRS is possible. I will share some of what Darcy does.  Some results are from students that were

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Belizean Creole with Brian Peck

Brian Peck is a fabulous TPRS Spanish teacher from Michigan. I first met him at iFLT 2014 in Denver. This year I had the pleasure of spending time with him in the evening coaching sessions developed by Ben Slavic. Ben conducted his famous “War Room” sessions at iFLT 2015 but

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Teaching documents from Grant Boulanger

Every teacher needs to communicate learning objectives to students, parents, and supervising colleagues. I love using Bryce Hedstrom’s Administrator checklist to help observers but there is a need to be transparent with students as well.

Grant Boulanger of Minnesota has shared some wonderful resources that can help teachers and students “check

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