Two of my students, Ace and Kavi, are in my English 11 class and I also have Ace in Spanish. Both are very bright. Kavi takes French and Ace bailed out of French into Spanish.
One day in June they were both in my room after school, finishing English projects, and they were talking about language class.
Kavi: So you have Stolz for Spanish. How is it?
Ace: It’s easy. Just listen and read and you pick it up. I got an A both years.
Kavi: French is hard. I can’t get an A.
Ace: You’re not a dumbass.
Me: Yeah, Kavi. You have good work habits.
Kavi: Three things. They just keep adding rules. So it keeps on getting harder to remember all the rules. It’s also confusing. Part of the rules thing. Also I get bored. They make you talk about boring crap like buying groceries and they make you do these tests where it is all grammar.
Now, I’m probably the worst T.P.R.S. teacher in the world. I mean, my dog could probably do TPRS as well as me. So this is a beacon of hope for, well, all languages teachers: if I can pull of TPRS, anyone can. I’m the dummest guyy in the roomm and I experienced success with this thanks to Blaine Ray.
Go forth and try it, people, go forth.