TPRS & A Comprehensible Classroom

From KNILT

Overview

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What is Total Physical Response Storytelling and Comprehensible Input? Why are so many foreign language teachers pushing for this new concept in FL education? What does TPRS/CI mean to me?


Education is in a constant rotation. The good and the bad, what works and what doesn’t, out with the old, in with the new and sometimes we even revisit the old with new ideas and concepts. TPRS and Comprehensible Input are a new concept in foreign language education that focus on teaching a second language using the same skills from our earliest forms of language acquisition. Just like a baby learns to speak by absorbing all that is around them, a TPRS instructor hopes to fully emerge students into a language and culture so that comprehension comes naturally. This participating in this mini-course will leave with:

1. Understanding the concept of what TPRS and Comprehensible Input are.

2. What are some basic ideas behind TPRS and CI? What are some misconceptions?

3. How to implement activities into your already developed curriculum.


These are all questions that I have been struggling with for two years now and I hope that as you proceed with this mini-course these answers will be answered for you just as they were for me and you too will see the huge gains in engagement and achievement that your students can obtain with implementing just a little of TPRS/CI into your curriculum or revamping the entire way you look at foreign language education.