Do T.P.R.S., Movietalk, Look and Discuss, and other comprehensible input methods work?
Yes. And not only do they work, they work much better than anything else out there.
What began as a friendly Twitter challenge– beat my beginner kids’ output using old-school methods or textbook, and I’ll take you crafty beer-drinking, hashtag #showumine– now has a bunch of T.P.R.S. teachers showing what their kids can do.
The rules are simple: show what your kids can do in writing (or speech) without dictionaries, rehearsal, Internet, notes or advance warning, with limited time and no preparation. In other words, show what’s wired in, i.e. acquired, and not “learned.”
The proof, as they say, is in the pudding. So, without any further ado, here are results. This entry, constantly updated, provides links to various teachers’ kids’ written and oral output.
We need more French samples, and all other languages are welcome. Know something that needs adding? Lemme know and I’ll add it.
Eric Herman‘s oral assessment of beginners is here. Eric notes that “these are unfamiliar tasks and functions, but I challenge non-c.i. teachers to give the same test and get the same results.”
Chris Stolz has Spring semester 2015 beginner writing samples from 7 weeks in, 8 weeks in, stories from 8 weeks in and 11 weeks in. This post compares two top students– one taught with legacy methods, one with C.I.
Grant Boulanger has 8th graders doing oral output here. Here is one of Grant’s beginners– using three verb tenses and other so-called “advanced” grammar– to retell a story. Grant also showcases his 8th graders (Level 1 Spanish) doing an impromptu story retell here.
Mike Coxon‘s kids are recorded here.
Mike Peto has some writing samples here.
Crsytal Barragan here shows first-day-back-to-school writing samples. Here, the student who was taught with T.P.R.S. writes rings around the student from the legacy-methods class.
Adriana Ramírez’ Level 1 Spanish results are here.
Jim Tripp has some Level 2 examples (with discussion) here.
Darcy Pippins’ AP results are here.
Magister Lance Piantaggini shows what beginner kids can do in Latin.
Terry Waltz‘s site has writing samples plus oral stuff. Her kids can throw down with characters. Check it.
Hai Yun Lu has a level 1 Mandarin student storytelling here.
Brigitte Kahn‘s kids do 5-min speedwrites here.
Bess Hayles shows first day back from vacation writing samples here.
A traditionalist and Kim A. (comprehensible input) here have writing samples. The reader can decide if the Level 2 (traditional) or Level 1 (C.I.) Kim A vs Traditojnalist exemplars.