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 not know anyone that has been able to juggle such success in the classroom and communicate with others decades of SLA research the way he is does.
In the video below we can get an idea of TPR which was the creation of Dr. James Asher. TPR is known as Total Physical Response and when you see Eric and his students you will see why. The strategies that are modeled by Eric are what Blaine and Company began using in the 1990’s. Today some teachers continue to use TPR before storytelling in order to establish meaning. There are some that get right to Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling and use TPR very sparingly. There is no right or wrong way in my opinion but I believe TPR is perfect for preliterate students and adults.
In the next video of Eric Herman’s, he is leading his class with what is called a 3-ring circus. From the very beginning you will see why it is has this title. If you miss it… wait until the 4:00 minute mark and you will see once again why its name makes sense. This is a continuation of TPR and we can see so much language being used by the teacher and the students. These are examples of extremely high levels of student engagement. In this activity, we still see Eric pointing to the board, circling, speaking slowly, and using English comprehension checks. These are all TPRS skills that take time and practice to use efficiently and effectively.
Here is the link to Eric’s school website www.edgartownschool.org.
(Check out Eric’s new Speed reading Materials here).