1st Edition

Teaching Proficiency Through Reading and Storytelling (TPRS) An Input-Based Approach to Second Language Instruction

By Karen Lichtman Copyright 2018

    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.

    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


    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.