TPRS – De nieuwe uitgebreide 7e druk van Fluency through TPR Storytelling is uit!

TPRS_Fluency_Cover_7th_editionDe zevende uitgebreide druk – april 2015 – van het Engelstalige boek van Blaine Ray en Contee Seely is uit! Dit is hét basisdidactiekboek voor TPRS, samen met `TPRS in a year` en `PQA in a wink` van Ben Slavic. In deze zevende uitgebreide druk van ‘Fluency through TPR Storytelling, achieving real language acquisition in school‘ worden de meest recente ontwikkelingen van TPRS vermeld.

Via TPRS/CI kunnen de leerlingen al vanaf dag 1 alles begrijpen wat ze horen en lezen in hun nieuwe taal en ze beantwoorden talloze vragen over verhalen, over zichzelf en over elkaar. In de eerste weken verwerven de leerlingen een basiswoordenschat en de meest essentiële grammaticale structuren. Binnen twee à drie maanden zijn de leerlingen in staat om zichzelf vloeiend uit te drukken, passend bij hun niveau. Docenten zijn dol op wat hun leerlingen allemaal al kunnen doen en de leerlingen zelf zijn er ook weg van. Deze zevende editie bevat talrijke vernieuwingen zoals:

  • fluencyThruTPRScontentsAangepaste TPRS materialen en hulpmiddelen
  • Herzien en uitgebreid onderzoek m.b.t. TPR Storytelling
  • Multi-Level klassen en sociale verscheidenheid
  • Overstappen met de sectie naar CI/TPRS
  • Samenwerkend klassenmanagement
  • TPRS en CI op de basisschool
  • Overtuigen van schoolleiding en ouders
  • MovieTalk
  • Embedded Readings gebruiken, gebaseerd op TPRS verhalen
  • Free Voluntary Reading (FVR) & Sustained Silent Reading (SSR)
  • Doceren om verschillende schrijfsystemen te lezen
  • Jezelf als een Parallel Personage inzetten
  • De “Events” Techniek
  • Niet beginnen met TPR
  • Diepe Personalisatie

Taalverwervingsexpert Stephen Krashen zegt, “TPR Storytelling is veel beter dan al het andere elders”

Er is een Nederlandstalige versie van de vijfde druk.

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!





NTPRS14 Chicago – The second day – Tuesday the 22nd of July

Betsy PaskvanToday I went to the advanced workshop by Betsy Paskvan: TPRS Strategies. She learned us Japanes and this way she showed us all kind of strategies she uses. Bess Hales wrote about it at her blog “Mme Hayles and the TPRS Experiment” and it’s a very good description of the workshop and I do not have much to adjust to it, so do read it here. What I have to adjust is that Betsy uses 8 embedded readings and this way she builds the text gradually up. Betsy sacrifices language time for the social-emotional learning – in order that the students get to know each other & bond.

The first thing Betsy does in the morning is play a song and show a slideshow with explanation with pictures. With us she used a very well known song and gave cultural information about it.

Betsy’s workshop was very practical and inspiring! Here you can find her PowerPoint: TPRS Strategies at Work and Play : Sequencing TPRS Activities for Optimal Learning

Jason FritzeIn the afternoon I went to Jason Fritze’s workshop session: Tools for thriving. Because Bryce had written on the white board with an unerasable marker, Jason learned one of the first person’s entering how to erase it with an erasable marker by writing over the unerasable text and then it was possible to erase. And this person had to learn to a new person entering who did not know this trick how to do it and so forth, like an erasing chain.

Jason’s workshop had a few of the same points of his workshop at iFLT, but also a lot of new information. He had us form groups of three or four and made us do all kind of group works every once and a while and before doing this he had us point at all the participants of the group. When I met the two ladies of my group the next day I felt that we really were somehow closer because of this pointing and working together.

At the end of the afternoon was the exhibitor’s reception. Everybody could have a look at the books and dvd’s and buy them and there was a buffet and drinks. There Judy Dubois introduced me to Alparslan, the french teacher of the Turkish delegation. We contacted each other a while ago on Linkedin, but we did not know of each other we were going to iFLT and NTPRS! We talked for hours and that’s one of the nice thing of these conferences: meeting your colleagues and talking with them.

Monday evening I got lost when trying to find Wholefoods and Tuesday I went there during the lunch break with a  group of colleagues in the shuttle of the Sheraton hotel.  I bought a warm lunch at Wholecheckbook as Jason called it and a big salad for later on and the most expensive tarte au citron (or in fact: lime tart) I’ve ever bought… I could not resist…

Lime tart Wholefoods