Elementary TPRS: it’s all about the CPR input

Elementary TPRS is TPRS embedded within a classroom management framework suitable for the age group. That's it. This assumes the teacher knows and can provide real TPRS to begin with -- by which I don't necessarily mean "the teacher can keep a storyasking session...

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When do you do Step 1?

I think the issue many people are having of late about "establishing meaning" and whether it can or cannot be done via gesture comes from numbering the "steps" of TPRS. Most people aren't actually establishing meaning solely using gestures (it's inefficient, imprecise...

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The case against 是 (shi4)

So you're starting a new class using TPRS for Chinese.  The first thing to figure out, in Chinese, is what language you will be using with them, followed closely by "what will they read that contains that language?" Many new TPRS teachers want to go basically the same...

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Can, or should?

On a teachers' list, a hypothesis was recently posted: The more compelling the input, the more listeners and readers can tolerate noise. Maybe they can. But should they? I believe that the goal of teaching a language class does not lie in engaging students. I believe...

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C is for Comprehended

I've thought about how I teach. And I've realized I do not teach with comprehensible input. I teach with comprehended input.   Comprehensible is not enough. Something that "can" be comprehended is not always comprehended. Especially with all the kinda-sorta...

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