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TPR Story Telling
TPR Story-Telling

There are many ways to provide the necessary comprehensible input to students:  question-answer, words linked to visuals and movement, speaking to students while they identify words or pictures, speaking to students while they draw, acting out the words, writing silly sentences and having students change the sentences into logical ones.  The list of strategies is long.  However, TPR Story-telling is a proven method of making language stick.  Here’s how to do it.

Pre-teach the vocabulary with TPR. Have students act out the words.  I give them the English translation at first but thereafter do not use English as it interferes.  Students always have the translation in front of them.

Once students can act out the new words without hesitation, tell the story while they look at the pictures.  I ask them, “¿Qué número? to make sure they are following me.

Tell the story again, using student actors to help you and asking many questions as you tell it.  Begin with yes/no questions, then either/or, then finish the sentence, where, when, or any other question you can think of that will allow you to repeat the vocabulary in context as often as possible, as often as 20 times for one sentence.  If you are bored, you’re probably doing it correctly.  In order for a word to stick, students must hear it 72 times in context.

Have the students complete the activities afterward. The activities should progress from recognition to production: true/false, put events in the correct order, fill in the missing words, and write your own story.  As students work on the activities, they are once again reading the words in context, and, later, manipulating the language themselves as they answer questions and, ultimately, write their own story using the new vocabulary.