National TPRS Conference
July 8-12, 2019
At the 2019 TPRS Conference we will provide the most informative, thought-provoking, and rewarding four-and-a-half days you’ll ever spend on second-language professional development! We affectionately call it “summer camp for teachers,” but it’s much more than that! Get together with other like-minded, second-language teachers from around the world looking to take their students’ language abilities to the next level! Experiencing TPRS is an unparalleled professional development opportunity that directly influences and enhances what teachers do in their classrooms.
Welcome to NTPRS 2019 – Chicago!
As a participant, you will find a large variety of sessions that can help you where you need it! Check out the following TRACKS to determine which one would benefit you the most. With few exceptions, the tracks will run Monday through Wednesday while Thursday and Friday will be jam-packed with a variety of presentations and innovations from the TPRS world! Before you finish registration, you will need to PICK ONE OF THE FOLLOWING TRACKS.
The BEGINNER TRACK is designed for teachers that are new to teaching with methods that implement Comprehensible Input. Generally, if teachers have been to less than 1 or 2 workshops, the Beginner Track is a perfect start. This workshop is for teachers who are new to TPR Storytelling® or for teachers who feel that they need to revisit and practice the fundamentals of the method. Develop TPRS® skills with step-by-step training. Be a student in a Mandarin language classroom. Practice with an experienced team of coaches.
You will experience learning Mandarin as a student in a TPRS class. You will be amazed by how much Mandarin you will learn over our
three days together! Having the opportunity to be a student and a teacher at the same time will allow you to experience first-hand the skills essential to this method.This track starts on Monday and and ends on Wednesday with open sessions on Thursday and Friday. This year’s Beginner Track will implement TPRS using Mandarin with Presenters Linda Li and Michael Coxon.
The INTERMEDIATE TRACK will highlight the following topics:
- managing the class during stories to maximize student engagement,
- taking suggestions and story details from students,
- moving beyond basic circling,
- adding variety to spice up your teaching,
- and finding your TPRS style in the classroom.
The Intermediate Track is designed for teachers that have been to a handful of workshops, are proficient in conducting lesson using storytelling strategies and have been a language teacher for more that 3 years. This track starts on Monday and and ends on Wednesday with open sessions on Thursday and Friday. This year’s Intermediate Track will implement TPRS using Spanish, French, and German with Presenters Michelle Kindt and Craig Sheehy.
The ADVANCED TRACK is designed for teachers that have been Teaching with TPRS and CI methods for multiple years. Teachers that have attended multiple workshops or conferences and are comfortable teaching novels, circling, triangling, personalization, and dramatization.
This track has a multiple presenters with varied topics to meet the advanced TPRS teachers needs! This workshop will consist of a cohort of experienced TPRS teachers who will reflect together and be coached in advanced TPRS skills: how to maximize personalization, spin highly personalized stories from creative student ideas and use TPRS techniques to engage in meaningful conversations with depth and complexity from beginning levels to AP. Learn to better manage a highly interactive classroom by developing a positive classroom environment. Visit K-12 classrooms via videoclips to see TPRS strategies in action and how well they align with the ACTFL CORE Practices.
Some of these sessions will be presented by Blaine Ray, Von Ray, Karen Rowan, and Adriana Ramírez. More to come!
The CHINESE TRACK is a three-day workshop taught in Mandarin Chinese. This is for teachers who teach Mandarin Chinese using TPRS.
- Chinese Demo: Story-asking – Getting Started
The purpose of this demo is to offer all participants in the Chinese track an opportunity to observe how collaborative storytelling is done. Participants will observe how the 3 steps of TPRS can be finished in an hour. They will also witness the power of pinyin text and Cold Character Reading.
- Story-Asking: Getting Started
Participants will look at backwards design concepts and how to intentionally select essential phrases for lessons and units. Working in small groups, participants will connect with the presenter and coaches as they design short story scripts. After designing scripts, participants will again work with the presenter and coaches via a number of hands-on practice activities, and practice the actual skill of story-asking with students.
- Story-Asking: Additional Skills
After being exposed to the basic skills necessary for story-asking, the third day continues with adding skills that move a story plot, create natural opportunities for repetition, and increase the amount of Comprehensible Input and interaction per lesson. Working with the presenter, coaches and other participants, the participants will observe and practice the following: utilizing more than one location, creating a parallel character, creating a parallel story, and personalization.
The ELEMENTARY TRACK – coming soon!
The unique ADMINISTRATORS WORKSHOP at NTPRS will help education leaders to implement and support effective teaching into every aspect of the language program in your school or district. You will return to your school system ready to work with teachers and curriculum developers to achieve outstanding results for the students you serve.
Who Should Attend?
- Principals and Assistant Principals
- Teacher Leaders and Department Heads
- Curriculum and Instruction Specialists
- Superintendents and Assistants
- Staff Development Directors
- Curriculum Directors
- District World Language Directors
- Peer Observers/Teachers on Special Assignment
Two PRE-CONFERENCE Workshops are available for this year’s conference: COACHING FOR COACHES, and FLUENCY FAST LANGUAGE COURSES. Check out the descriptions below.
Coaching for Coaches
Pre-conference full-day Workshop ($100)
July 7, 2019 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
This workshop is great for those who are or aspiring to be mentors, cooperating teachers, department chairs, or PLC leaders who already
have a strong understanding of the steps of TPRS and/or TCI teaching.
The Coaching for Coaches full-day workshop takes participants through a series of activities to unleash their inner-coach while preparing them to return to their communities to support others on their TPRS journeys. Using the coaching team’s model, participants
will not only reflect on their own skills but will also develop the language and demeanor needed to help others grow in a not threatening way. This workshop is great for those who are or aspiring to be mentors, cooperating teachers, department chairs, or PLC leaders who already have a strong understanding of the steps of TPRS and/or TCI teaching.
Fluency Fast Pre-Conference Language Classes
Fluency Fast is a program that uses TPRS to gain fluency fast. They are offering a PRE-Conference Language Class provided that there is enough interest.
Advanced Spanish for Spanish Teachers
Advanced French for French Teachers
DATES: (July 7-9)
Sunday, July 7- 6 hours: 9-12 and 1-4
Monday, July 8- 2 hours- 5:00-7:00
Tuesday, July 9- 2 hours 5:00-7:00
Wednesday, July 10 Salsa lesson
Teachers may audit the Sunday class for $30 through January 31, 2019.*
*Free audit available for Monday and Tuesday to observe the method in action.
Westin Chicago Northwest
400 Park Boulevard
Itasca, Illinois 60143
Join us on July 8-12, 2019
Single and Double Rooms – $129
Junior Suite – $179
To make a reservation, call
630-773-4000 or 1-888-627-8510
Join us on July 8-12, 2019
Westin Chicago Northwest
400 Park Blvd. Itasca, IL 60143
Exhibitor Only Registration – $200
Exhibitor registration + Conference participant registration – $369
Includes on 6′ table
Extra tables – $100/each
For questions and Exhibitor registration payment contact:
This registration includes Monday breakfast and Friday luncheon, and all NTPRS workshops and sessions July 8-12, 2019.
Registration Pricing Schedule:
$369 Nov 2 – Jan 31
$399 Feb 2 – May 31
$449 Jun 1 – July 7
Be sure to REGISTER FOR ONE OF THE LEVELS OF TRAINING
To determine which level of training you need, click on the PROGRAM INFO tab.