NTPRS 15 – The second day – Tuesday the 21rst of July

“Shakira” wants a boy with a motorcycle

Today was the second day of NTPRS15. The programm started again at 8 o’clock. I first went to the workshop of Alina Filipescu: How to expand a 2 day TPRS story to two weeks. Here’s the hand-out of Alina’s workshop. Alina is a 7th and 8th grade Spanish Teacher, Kraemer MS, Placentia, CA | Blaine Ray Workshops Presenter | TPRS/CI Teacher Trainer at Foreign Languages Academy and Tutoring, Placentia, CA. The description of the workshop as mentioned in the schedule: “In order to learn different Comprehenible Input (CI) techniques, participants will acquire Romanian through PQA, TPR, TPRS, and embedded readings. CI brain breaks will be added throughout the workshop such as games, songs, etc. In addition to the CI techniques, teachers will also learn how to use fun movements that accompany expressions requiring all students to show participation throughout the lesson

Dialogue in Linda Li's Chinese Mandarin class

Dialogue in Linda Li’s Chinese Mandarin class

(i.e. How sad!, What a shame!, It is a problem, etc…). These movements make the lesson fun and interactive and will be added unexpectadly in the storytelling process. Participating teachers will see samples of some of the ideas presented via pictures/videos of middle school lessons.”

Dialogue in Linda Li's Chinese Mandarin class

Dialogue in Linda Li’s Chinese Mandarin class

At 10.45 was the second part of the Chinese Mandarin lesson for beginners by Linda Li and Bryce Hedstrom. Because there were so many participants yesterday, the workshop was replaced to another, bigger room. But again: full house! There happens so moch in Linda’s lesson, too much to tell about. it’s good bryce is there to debrief. What I liked very much were Linda’s speech bubbles. And she has a beautiful and clear handwriting!

Carol Gaab: Developing a flexible, 'personalized' curriculum

Carol Gaab: Developing a flexible, ‘personalized’ curriculum

During lunch time I went swimming in the pool to have some physical exercice and then at 2.15 PM I went to Carol Gaab’s workshop Developing a flexible personalized curriculum. There was overlap with the workshop at iFLT, but this one was longer and had more hands-on. In the schedule it is decribed as: ” If the thought of writing curriculum makes you shudder, cringe and/or grimace, you definitely do not want to miss this session! Come learn how to efficiently design curriculum that is engaging, flexible and effective for SLA. Learn how to use themes to give lessons direction and purpose, how to backward plan from any source, whether a textbook, a vocabulary list or a novel and how to use authentic resources as a compelling source of CI. Discover unique resources that will help you create a rich, comprehensive curriculum, along with quick and easy strategies for organizing a student-centered curriculum with minimum effort and maximum creativity. Participants should bring at least one source (i.e. vocabulary list, a novel, a textbook) from which they will backward plan and begin the design process.” Keywords: Define- Refine-Combine. Carol uses a lot of traditional ways a having more repetition e.g. by reading with multiple choice questions and basing the reading on a short video or (funny) commercial. Carol’s hand-out: NTPRS Curric. HOGaab

Blaine Ray, Using yourself as a parallel character

Blaine Ray, Using yourself as a parallel character

At 5 PM a new round of sessions started and I went to Blaine’s : Using yourself as a parallel character. Described in the schedule as: “All TPRS should have student actors. Student actors are taught to answer a question and if they can’t answer the question they read it. Part of that questioning process might include yourself as a parallel character. If the main student has a problem, then the teacher doesn’t have a problem. If the main character goes to Spain, then the teacher goes to France. This allows a great amount of conversation between the teacher and the student actors and the teacher in the class using first person. It works amazingly well.” Blaine  did a demo with to participants and then we worked in groups of three ot practice this skill – one was student/character, one was ‘class’ and one the teacher.

In Michael Miller's studio NTPRS15

In Michael Miller’s studio NTPRS15

At 6.30 the exhibitor’s room opened and there was a reception. I first went to my room and when I arrived there it was not very busy anymore. I bought some books and then I went to look for my Dutch colleagues to go to Michael Miller to record the Dutch part of the song for Michael’s slideshow on Friday.

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NTPRS 15 – The first day – Monday the 20th of July

Today NTPRS15 started! I’d like to write here, but how to find the time to do so? I’m already behind with my iFLT15 postings… So here to begin with some pictures; the text will follow later on!

Since Lisa Reyes retired Jody Klopp’s the new director of NTPRS; this year we have a very modern scheme: check it our here: https://ntprs2015.sched.org/

NTPRS15 - Jody Klopp opening session

NTPRS15 – Jody Klopp opening session

NTPRS15 - If we teach today's students as we taught yesterday's, we'll rob them of  tomorrow :  John Dewey

NTPRS15 – If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow : John Dewey

NTPRS15 - Blaine Ray - Opening session

NTPRS15 – Blaine Ray – Opening session

NTPRS15 - opening session - (part of) the Ray family

NTPRS15 – opening session – (part of) the Ray family

NTPRS15 - Betsy Paskvan's workshop

NTPRS15 – Betsy Paskvan’s workshop “Incorporating serious culture into playful stories”

NTPRS15 - Linda Li & Bryce Hedstrom - Mandarin Language TPRS class

NTPRS15 – Linda Li & Bryce Hedstrom – Mandarin Language TPRS class

NTPRS15 - Linda Li - Hao ji le!

NTPRS15 – Linda Li – Hao ji le!

NTPRS15 - Stephen Krashen's keynote speech

NTPRS15 – Stephen Krashen’s keynote speech

NTPRS 15 - keynote speech dessert

NTPRS 15 – keynote speech dessert

NTPRS15 - Alina Filipescu - How to expand a 1 day Movie talk lesson to one week

NTPRS15 – Alina Filipescu – How to expand a 1 day Movie talk lesson to one week

NTPRS15 - Alina's Movie talk session with the 3-ring-circus

NTPRS15 – Alina’s Movie talk session with the (TPR) 3-ring-circus

NTPRS15 - Alina's (TPR) Pancho Camacho

NTPRS15 – Alina’s (TPR) Pancho Camacho

iFLT15 St Paul – The fourth day – Friday the 17th of July

Because I travelled Friday after the keynote speech of Dr Krashen to Washington DC to go already to the hotel of NTPRS15 in the Reston Sheraton and because I got there late at night, I didn’t have time to write about Friday the 17th of July, the last day of iFLT15. I’ll write later on, when I’ll have more time. Here already some pictures and the handouts of Friday: Friday Session Handouts

iFLT15 - Kristy Placido's reader's theatre

iFLT15 – Kristy Placido’s reader’s theatre

iFLT15 - Carrie Toth : Using film to enhance curriculum

iFLT15 – Carrie Toth : Using film to enhance curriculum

iFLT15 - Jason Fritze's elementary class singing Toc ca la piñata

iFLT15 – Jason Fritze’s elementary class singing Toc ca la piñata

iFLT15 - Plenary Closing session

iFLT15 – Plenary Closing session

iFLT15 - Grant Boulanger Plenary Closing session

iFLT15 – Grant Boulanger Plenary Closing session

iFLT15 Stephen Krashen's keynote speech

iFLT15 Stephen Krashen’s keynote speech

iFLT15 St Paul – The third day – Thursday the 16th of July

Because Thursday evening after the nice Tibetan dinner With Tarte au citron dessert with my wonderful French- American host family I spent 3 hours getting my foldingbike in my suitcase… (Oh, why is it in my gene’s that I need to cycle????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) I didn’t have time to write my blog contribution of Thursday the 16th of July ; to be followed later on.

Here already some pictures of iFLT15 Thursday and the Thursday Session Handouts

iFLT15 Mike Coxon, Going beyond Movie Talks

iFLT15 Mike Coxon, Going beyond Movie Talks

Language lab #iFLT15 : Spanish 2 : Grant Boulanger and some of his students putting a story together = input

Language lab #iFLT15 : Spanish 2 : Grant Boulanger and some of his students putting a story together = input

iFLT15 Nuts and bolts of how to teach a novel; Kristy Placido

iFLT15 Nuts and bolts of how to teach a novel; Kristy Placido

iFLT15 Debriefing of Grant Boulanger's Spanish 2 lesson, with Diana Noonan

iFLT15 Debriefing of Grant Boulanger’s Spanish 2 lesson, with Diana Noonan