TPRS® or Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling® was created by Blaine Ray, a Spanish teacher, in the late 1980s. It is a language teaching method based on the idea that the brain needs enormous amounts of Comprehensible Input (CI) to acquire a new language. In addition, teachers and students interact and create opportunities for students to speak and try out their new language, resulting in rapid gains in fluency. In fact, recently some TPRS online classes have students reaching the intermediate-mid level in just 60-100 hours where typically this takes 400-600 hours. TPRS focuses on using interactive, co-created oral stories, readings and novels that contain the most commonly-used words and phrases in Spanish, French, German, or other foreign languages to help students get familiar with a new language easily and quickly.
When developing TPRS®, Ray was influenced by the work of Dr. Stephen Krashen and Dr. James Asher. Ray began by combining Dr. Asher’s teaching method called Total Physical Response and Dr. Krashen’s CI-based language acquisition strategies. The result was a teaching method that focuses on the importance of teacher-student interaction, the use of CI and stories to keep the learner’s interest to become fluent in a new language.
Although it was first developed by Ray, TPRS® has evolved through the years, thanks to thousands of educators who contributed to improving this language teaching method. Here at TPRS Books, we’re committed to continuing the work of these educators by providing workshops and resources to more teachers across the globe who want to learn TPRS® and share the gift of language to their students. We travel across the globe for our teachers’ language workshops
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