TPRS

SOCRATIC QUESTIONING & LANGUAGE TEACHING

The main thing that some students learn in a foreign language class is that learning another language is just way too hard for them. They mainly learn that they stink at it. They think that becoming fluent is beyond them and that they will never get it. But they are wrong. All students can learn another language. They can learn if their teachers will skillfully ask series of questions that lead them to fluency. We need to believe in this goal and believe that there are good reasons for it and that there is a process to achieve it. It [...]

BOOKS EVERY LANGUAGE TEACHER NEEDS TO READ #3

Fluency through TPR Storytelling, by Blaine Ray and Contee Seely What It’s About: A well-thought-out method to teach language and not kill the teacher in the process that is thoroughly supported by decades of SLA research and thousands of teachers and their students. Among TPRS practitioners, this book is known as the “Green Bible” because of its authority and ubiquity. Even if you don’t (especially if you don’t) teach with TPRS you need to read this book to see what all the fuss is about—especially the first three chapters. Quotable Quotes: “Carefully limiting the vocabulary, frequent repetition of it, and [...]

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SPANISH 1 STORY: LA CHICA FANTASTICA

This is another story for early Spanish I. Here is the pdf link:  LA CHICA FANTASTICA It is based on a story by Mike Coxon and is a continuation of the story from last week. The kids had fun with it. It is filled with high frequency vocabulary and there is a 300 word version of the story for students to read, fill in with the unique details from their classes, and read to their parents (a little PR can never hurt!) This story addresses a legitimate concern by TPRS observers: When do students learn conjugations with TPRS? A CSU student asked [...]

LA TORTUGA Y LA LIEBRE

I love the fable of The Tortoise and the Hare because I have always considered myself to be somewhat of a tortoise--I may be slow, but I stick with it. Stories like this can encourage us to persist in the face of ridicule, rejection and seemingly overwhelming odds.  When we keep working, we not only slowly move forward, we also develop the skills to win in future races. Carol Dweck, in her studies on Mindset confirms much the same message. Stick with it, mis amigos tortugas. Here is the story written in simple Spanish to embolden your students: La tortuga y la liebre [...]

TPRS HONORS THESIS

Yesterday I had the honor of attending the presentation of the final thesis presentation for Rachel, a French student and senior at Colorado State University. Rachel became interested in TPRS two years ago when I presented on the subject in her Methods of Teaching Foreign Languages classes, taught by Dr. Frederique Grimm. It is precisely this type of engagement at the university level and among new teachers that we need to see. Once students graduate and get into a new teaching job the daily demands become so overwhelming that survival is the only thing on most of their minds--not much new learning [...]

THEY FINISHED READING THEIR SECOND NOVELS

My Spanish I students have just finished reading their second independent novel (See the reflections from their first novel here: https://www.brycehedstrom.com/2013/they-finished-reading-their-novels). Once again, they chose a novel they wanted to read. The only constraints were that it be interesting and comprehensible to them. I have to repeat that idea a lot. Students have done plenty of regular self-selected independent reading in class between the first novel reading assignment in November and this one, so they are beginning to get the hang of it, despite the fact that our national school system is attempting to beat the notion of reading for [...]