Using TPRS in the World Language Classroom (Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling)
In my classroom, full immersion in the Spanish language occurs through “CI”, or “Comprehensible Input”, and more specifically through a method called “TPRS”, which stands for Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling.
I first learned about this method in 2013, when I first returned from Spain and began my third year of teaching. While living and working in Baltimore, I built a strong Professional Learning Network (PLN) of like-minded Foreign Language Educators from across the United States.
Exploring CI and TPRS methods and resources through conferences, teaching workshops, and through blogs hosted by educators such as Martina Bex, I was able to develop my own curriculum that combined the rigors of the International Baccalaureate program with the full immersion classroom experience that I had envisioned for my students.
Below you will find a wealth of resources that have helped me along my journey as a CI and TPRS teacher. I hope that these resources will help you to bring this exciting and innovative language teaching method to your World Language Classroom.
K. Lupton with Blaine Ray, TPRS creator, at a TPRS conference in 2014.
Thinking about attending a TPRS workshop? I attended a workshop in 2014 with the TPRS creator Blaine Ray in Newark, New Jersey. I found it pivotal in my understanding of how to use the method effectively, and highly suggest the training to all teachers (especially if you can attend a conference hosted by Blaine Ray!)
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