Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling (TPRS) is a revolutionary methodology of imparting knowledge using a creative way of storytelling. This method was created by Blaine Ray in 1990 and proven effective in teaching foreign languages. Through TPRS Workshops, students and teachers interact in a relaxed and playful manner making the lessons more fun and enjoyable. When learning becomes an exciting experience, retention is higher than in a stressful environment. The students can easily associate a word or phrase with a pleasant moment.
In TPRS foreign language classes, teachers weave the lessons into a story that develops as they throw the questions back and forth. The instructor will ask a question in different ways where the answer becomes another question. These repetitive exchanges can be in a form of reading, singing or acting. The interactive oral stories foster easy familiarity among the students and the teacher, leading to deeper interest in learning. Grammar is no longer the pre-requisite but it is taught as the story develops and the students learn to comprehend the meaning of a foreign word or phrase.
How TPRS Method Works
Students are given three phrases. The meanings are explained through translations and gestures. The teacher will start to tell a story about the phrases.
The teacher will start asking questions using the phrases.
The questions will be repeated in different variations until the questions are answered. The cycle is repeated until the students are able to understand and speak the phrases.
TPRS Spanish teachers found out that students remember words and phrases faster when they sing it. Difficult words are translated and by using actions and gestures, the meanings are understood. The demand for Spanish-speaking employees is high and this is one of the reasons why the number of people enrolling in foreign language classes is also going up. Spanish language is one of the official languages of the United Nations and used as the official language of many international organizations.
Secondary language teaching has become easier to manage with TPRS. It has defunct the myth that a second tongue is hard to learn or a person is a natural linguist. The traditional methods may work for some people but about 96% of the people who enrolled in language classes abandoned the course because of slow improvement. It takes a lot of patience and the desire to learn in order to absorb the nuances of the language.