The TPRS Method or Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling is a unique way of teaching foreign language in a classroom setting. Secondary language teaching is never the same again after this methodology was introduced by Blaine Ray in 1990’s. A Spanish teacher himself, he designed an interactive strategy to keep his students’ interest and learn the language lessons faster than the traditional teaching. Teachers who have tried Spanish claimed students are able to reach fluency at a shorter period.
With TPRS, teachers are no longer spoon-feeding their students, instead, they are all performers in a storytelling, playacting, singing and reading workshops. The scenes simulate community immersion wherein students interact in a communication process of comprehension, talking and gesturing.
Foreign language classes using the TPRS method show a higher performance rating than the ones using the traditional method of input theory. This is because TPRS practice the following steps to take second-language retention to the next level:
The teachers continue to learn new techniques by attending regular TPRS workshops they call “summer camp for second-language teachers” wherein they learn new techniques and get updates on how to improve their students’ learning abilities.
A second language is not hard to learn at all, although it may take some time. If you have the interest to understand and speak a foreign tongue, then nothing is impossible. With the TPRS method, you can achieve fluency in half the time.