NTPRS14 Chicago – The fourth day – Thursday the 24th of July

Karen LichtmanThursday the 24ht of July, the fourth day. The beginning workshop with Katya Paukova and Donna Tatum-Johns continued until 12 o’clock. The workshops carrousel for the advanced was over and now we could choose for a lot of other sessions: always difficult!

From 8.30 – 10.00 there were 5 sessions and I wanted to attend three…
How not to commit readicide – Bryce Hedstrom
Milking the story with tech tools – Leslie Davison
Research on TPR Storytelling – Karen Lichtman

I decided to go to Karen’s Research on TPRS. What a wonderful presentation! Karen knows how to present stuff that might be boring in a dynamic and interactive way, using all kind of didactic trics, to make us think and react and also remember. She also mentioned a recent TPRS study from the Netherlands by De Vlaming, which Karen translated with Google. Tip: give also a summary of the research and it’s conclusions in English!

Janice Holter KittokThere was a preview of a new research by Janice Holrt Kittok and Barbara Ann Cartford and Karen Lichtman : measuring fluency development in content-based Storytelling elementary Spanish instruction.

Then sessions from 10.15 – 11.45. Now I wanted to go to two of the 5 sessions (I had already heard about La persona especial by Bryce Hedstrom in Denver)
– Deeper reading, Mira Canion
The art of engaging beginners, Grant Boulanger Grant Boulanger

Because Mira’s was also more about the common core, which is not something we use in Europe, so this made my choice easier. So I went to Grant’s. The room was packed! I already met Grant a few days earlier and I told him I liked the ideas of “Teach like a pirate” Dave Burgess. Grant told me – and this was also an item in his presentation, that he always tries to keep things as simple as possible, e.g. only using one prop like a set of glasses. For me it’s more, how can I stick to the ideas of Dave Burgess, who very much works from the idea of Multiple Intelligences, like I do in my lessons and yet still keep it simple?!


In the afternoon I think I skipped the session of 1.45 – 3.15 and had a long talk with Jim Tripp outside in the sun. We Jim Wooldridge (Señor Wooly)talked about his book Tripp’s scripts (which has scripts & structures in English). We laready talked about this last time we met, about having the scripts also available in other languages, like Spanish. French, German etc. and how this could be realized.

The last session from 3.30-5.15 I went to Finding the story: How Sr. Wooly learned to create engaging stories with the simplest Spanish by Jim Wooldridge. It was a personal story about how he used to teach and how this changed and how he started using songs and clips with the songs. Karen Rowan and Jason Fritze

Afterwards I shortly looked at the showcase of Karen Rowan and Jason Fritze and in the coaching room, but I was too tired! IMG_2889 NTPRS14 coaches singing about ChicagoI ate my Wholefoods dinner outside the hotel with my French colleague from Turkey and then I went to the open Mic night until the batteries of my camera were empty (as were mine).


Keep calm we know science

NTPRS14 Chicago – The third day – Wednesday the 23rd of July

Workshop Blaine and Von Ray The power of going deep - NTPRS14Wednesday I first went to the advanced workshop by Blaine & Von Ray: The power of going deep. This year the advanced workshops were from 8.30 -11.30, then a break of two hours and then the workshops continue for two more hours from 1.30-3.30 p.m. Then a short break of a quarter of an hour and then sessions from 3.45-5.15 or open coaching & exhibitors. Then a break of a quarter of an hour and then showcases by masterteachers, like Blaine Ray, Michael Miller, Mira Canion, Laruie Clarcq, Bryce Hedstrom, Karen Rowan and Jason Fritze.

In The power of going deep we had to work in small groups and work out ideas for stories. Blaine stressed again how imporatn it is to try to find out where the students break down through: hesitancy, comprehension, lack of confidence.

Bryan KandelDuring lunchtime = Wholefoods time; we go there with a small group of TPRS-teachers (only female…). It’s nice to have such a long brak in between, to having some time for yourself, to go outside in the sun, to talk to each other.

In the afternoon I went to the sesson by Bryan Kandel “Student-driven Curriculum”. Here you can find his slideshow as pdf. It was in fact all about PQA. His image of a little devil whispering bad things about his deficiencies in his ears and a little saint (Blaine) giving him positive advice was very funny.

Afterwards to Mira Canion’s showcase; it’s amazing how she can Mira Canionthink on her feet and react always so quickly! BTW, very hard to make a picture of her, because she hardly stands still (like a lot of TPRS teachers..)

In the evening were the immersion dinners, but somehow I did miss where the French teachers would meet and when I returned from Mira’s session and dropping my things in my room, everybody had gone. So I decided to walk to Wholefoods, along a busy street with lot’s of cars because it was rush hour. On my way I met one of the Turkey’s military language teachers who was already going back and on my way back when it was already getting dark, Betsy Paskvan was walking behind me – at first I did not recogize her and I thought “Why is this woman walking faster and faster towards me?” . She also happened to have been at Wholefoods and we went back walking & talking and like this time flew and we arrived at the hotel when it had become dark.

My roommate and French teacher Michele Kindt returned very late and I heard from her that the French teachers went to a restaurant in Naperville, where they had been singing all evening and that the aother guests had also been singing, so they had a great French evening. What a pity I missed it all!