"Through TPRS, students will be able to give structures of the language meaning and definition according to their everyday experiences, which will make input comprehensible and long-lasting."
a personalized language experience
We use a method called Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling, more commonly known as TPR Storytelling or TPRS. In TPRS, teachers do not teach new ideas through definitions and wordy explanations, rather they teach structures by creating a context for the students that is both familiar and engaging. It has been said of TPRS that students are not learning about the language; instead, they are learning to use the language.
TPRS ensures that students are as engaged and involved as possible in the learning process. In each lesson, students are taught no more than three new structures. After each structure is introduced, it is then modeled with a gesture and illustrated through a series of personalized questions, using a repetition technique called “circling.” The questions are personalized to the student's interests, making them relevant and giving meaning and attachment to the structure in the studentʼs real life. The final step in TPRS is for students to recognize the structures in a story that they are involved in creating. Instead of the teacher telling the student a story and checking for comprehension, students are involved in creating the story, using the structures they have acquired. They are responsible for naming the characters and providing the details, involving the learner directly in the learning process.
TPRS is a practical and extremely attainable way of making acquisition a tangible reality. Through TPRS, students will be able to give structures of the language meaning and definition according to their everyday experiences, which will make input comprehensible and long-lasting.