An Introduction

Hi.  I teach Spanish Levels 1 and 2 using the TPRS (teaching proficiency through reading and storytelling) method, developed by Blaine Ray.  TPRS is the original “comprehensible input” methodology for teaching second languages.

The term “comprehensible input” means simply that what learners hear in their “target language” (TL: the language they are learning) should be 100% comprehensible to them.  The theory behind this method was (largely) developed by UCLA researcher Stephen Krashen.

Krashen’s theories suggest that learners really only need two things to acquire a language:

a) comprehensible input, and lots of it.  This input must also be interesting, so learners stay focused on it.

b) being confortable (relaxed, feeling secure and happy) in class. Krashen calls this the “lowered affective filter.”  Psychologists broadly agree that learning ideally takes place in a low-stress environment.

I am often asked questions about TPRS, and this blog will be my attempt to answer these questions as best I can, with reference to my and others’ experiences teaching languages using TPRS, and with reference to research.

I encourage readers to email questions to me at chris.stolz (attt)


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