Frustrated teaching novels?

Teachers have a common background. As part of their training, they focus on finishing a lesson or teaching a particular curriculum. TPRS is different in that it focuses less on a textbook-driven and pre-determined goals to focus instead on in-the-moment communication with the students in the classroom. A major focus

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Feeding the Acquisition Monster

As teachers find their way with strategies and techniques for implementing and providing comprehensible input in their classrooms they will often come to questions such as, “How do I teach the capitals of Spanish speaking countries using TPRS?”  or “How do I teach subjunctive?”. This is a common dilemma as individuals

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Is CI a method?

I have a strong opinion about calling CI a teaching method. It has become common place for language teachers to use the term TCI (Teaching with Comprehensible Input) and to call CI a method.  I have done the same and I see a problem with it. Nowadays, information spreads so

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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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Circling…the core of TPRS

Circling is a basic technique or skill of TPRS®. It always looks easier than it really is when one watches masterful storytellers. Circling is a way to make a statement repetitive by asking repetitive questions. Circling involves just one statement. Circling always starts with a statement.

Questioning during stories

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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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