Bienvenidos aL Curso de Espanol I y II 2017-2018!
This year students will acquire language naturally by receiving vast amounts of comprehensible input. Comprehensible input is spoken language that can be understood by listeners despite them not yet understanding all the words and structures in it. It is described as one level above that of the learners if it can only just be understood. There are a variety of teaching methods that fall under the umbrella of comprehensible input. The most well known and widely used is TPRS, which stands for "Teaching Proficiency Through Reading and Storytelling." As the name suggested, TPRS uses a mixture of storytelling and reading in order to teach students in an engaging way. Students provide details for the story and serve as actors and actresses, all while hearing lots of repetitions of essential language structures and vocabulary. This means no long vocabulary lists or tedious verb charts! Below you will find detailed information about TPRS and other methods we employ to give our students the most effective language instruction.
History of TPRS
TPRS was created in contrast to traditional methods (such as the Direct Method and the Audio-Lingual Method) that continue to be widely used despite the fact that very few students taught using these methods achieve fluency in the target language. I'm sure that many of you, much like myself, can remember being taught a language through rote memorization, verb charts, grammar drills, and worksheets. Unfortunately, it is said that only 4% of language learners achieve fluency this way. Hoping to give language learners better odds at succeeding, Blaine Ray developed his TPRS system based on Stephen Krashen's theories that argued that the best way for students to attain fluency and accuracy is to be exposed to large amounts of language used in a way that they are able to understand (comprehensible input). TPRS is a growing movement among many teachers who have become strong advocates for the method after seeing how fast and effective it is in getting students to understand and speak a foreign language.