Teaching Proficiency Through Reading and Storytelling (TPRS): An Input-Based Approach to Second Language Instruction, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Teaching Proficiency Through Reading and Storytelling (TPRS)

An Input-Based Approach to Second Language Instruction, 1st Edition

By Karen Lichtman


38 pages

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This module introduces Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling (TPRS), an input-based language teaching method. TPRS provides a framework for teaching classes completely in the target language—even those at the beginner level. Through the steps of establishing meaning, creating a story that is acted out live in class, and reading, students understand and use the target language to communicate right away. Research shows that over time TPRS creates fluent speakers who excel both on traditional tests and—more importantly—in real-life situations. This is a valuable resource on TPRS for world language teachers, language teacher educators, and second language researchers.

Table of Contents

In this module you will explore the following topics:

  • comprehensible input
  • input-based approaches to instruction
  • Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling (TPRS)
  • the principles of TPRS
  • the three steps of TPRS
  • TPRS skills
  • techniques that complement TPRS
  • current research on TPRS

About the Author

Karen Lichtman is Assistant Professor of Spanish Linguistics and Director of Teacher Licensure in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at Northern Illinois University, USA.

About the Series

The Routledge E-Modules on Contemporary Language Teaching

Modules in the Routledge E-Modules on Contemporary Language Teaching series are short, easily accessible introductions to a variety of issues that form the foundation of language-teacher knowledge and practice: the nature of language and communication, second language acquisition, interactive tasks, assessment, focus on form, vocabulary development, technology in language teaching, among many others.

  • Language (Bill VanPatten)
  • Communication and Skill (Bill VanPatten)
  • Second Language Acquisition: The Basics (Gregory D. Keating)
  • Focusing on Form in Language Instruction (Wynne Wong and Daphnée Simard)
  • Vocabulary in Language Teaching (Joe Barcroft)
  • Interactive Tasks (Michael J. Leeser and Justin P. White)
  • Technology in Language Learning: An Overview (Bryan Smith)
  • Teaching Second Language Writing (Charlene Polio)
  • Content-Based Language Teaching (Roy Lyster)

Each module serves as a self-contained unit to be used on its own or as part of an introductory course on language teaching. Instructors may “mix and match” modules to create their own readings for a course on language teaching. The modules may serve as primary reading or as supplemental reading, with each module offering points of reflection, discussion questions, self-quizzes, and a reading list for those who wish to delve further into the topic.

To purchase the eBook versions of these modules and view module summaries, please visit the series companion website: www.routledgetextbooks.com/textbooks/9781315679594/

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General