Discovering TPRS

I first came across the TPRS method at the end of my final teaching practicum. I had only been teaching high school Italian and Spanish for about seven weeks, and I was already exhausted and stressed out beyond belief. During my practicum, I taught using a textbook, and my method was simply to plod along through the pages and pages of grammar explanations and related activities. Every once in awhile, I had the students do some sort of a project (ie. designing a birthday invitation, drawing their ideal house, presenting their favourite foods to the class, putting on a skit, etc.) I also tried to integrate communicative activities that I had been taught in my methods class, such as information gaps, interviews, role play, games, and pair work. Each unit would then be followed up by a test in which the students were expected to know and use all the vocabulary and grammar they had been taught. This was the way which I was taught in high school, and at first I didn’t consider doing anything differently. Continue reading