Learning through Comprehensible Input

For the first time since learning about TPRS® and Comprehensible Input, I am not teaching through CI, but learning through CI. I’ve of course participated as a student in demonstrations and coaching sessions in languages that I don’t know, but I’ve never “studied” a language for an extended period of time. (I say “studied” with quotation marks because I…

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500 Posts

I asked my Facebook followers what I blog about on this, my 500th blog post since switching to WordPress in March of 2011. The consensus was to do something reflective…so here it is! When I dove head-first into TPRS® in early 2010, the only materials that I had to work with were those that I…

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Freeze Frame

Freeze Frame is a fun, interactive way to review a story by assigning to students to groups that create physical depictions of scenes from a story (short film, class story, novel, etc.) in ‘freeze frame’ vignettes. If you’ve been to a TPRS training in the last few years, it’s likely that you are familiar with the…

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Comprehension Checks

It is important for all teachers to informally assess students’ comprehension throughout any lesson in any content area. When we ask a comprehension question, we use students’ response to determine whether it’s time to move on to the next topic, or if we must spend more time on whatever we are studying at the moment.…

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El chico ideal story script

This is a script to give targeted practice with -ER/-IR imperfect regular verbs. It was inspired by Crystal Barragán’s “La chica ideal” script, which I adapted to target a specific grammatical pattern. TARGET STRUCTURES quería – s/he, I wanted tenía – s/he, I had olía a – s/he, I smelled like ADDITIONAL TARGET PATTERN VERBS comía…

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El Secreto story script

This script focuses on verbs with irregular stems and endings in the preterite tense. TARGET STRUCTURES no pudo – s/he tried to but couldn’t (no pude – I couldn’t) trajo – s/he brought (traje – I brought) supo la verdad – /she found out la verdad (supe – I found out) PRACTICE SENTENCES Mi amigo…

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