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Ben Slavic

Comprehensible Input and TPRS Author, Lecturer, and Teacher

Ben Slavic is a nationally recognized Comprehensible Input (CI) and TPRS expert. He is the author of numerous best selling books and has given workshops and lectures to teachers all over the United States. Ben has helped thousands of teachers all over the world learn the most up to date CI and TPRS skills available.

Ben has over 30 years of teaching experience in the classroom at both the high school and middle school levels. Ben has taught Advanced Placement (AP) French Language and Literature, at both the high school and university level. Ben also taught for a year in New Delhi India at the United States Embassy’s high school.

He has twice been recognized by the U.S. Department of State as a Fulbright Teacher Exchange Ambassador and was recognized as a South Carolina finalist for the prestigious Rockefeller Award. Ben’s students consistently win state and national awards in competitions testing listening and reading skills.

One of Ben’s students, a ninth grader with no previous background in French except as an eight grade TPRS student, passed the Advanced Placement (AP) exam in French language with a score of 4, which according to the College Board means that the candidate is “highly qualified” in French.

That score, according to Ben, is a “direct result of the vision, hard work, and leadership of the pioneers who worked so hard to create the TPRS method and are radically changing the concrete outcomes for language learners everywhere.

I started this site because I wanted to try to gather everything about CI andTPRS into one place that made sense for me. CI is always changing and growing, at a very rapid rate, and has become extremely confusing for some people.

There’s just too much random information all over the internet about CI and TPRS. People then dismiss the method because they can’t arrive at a true understanding of it.

If I can help other teachers keep tabs of all the myriad details of this powerful and complex method in one internet location, then all my work here will be worth it.

Ben’s Three Wishes:

  • I wish to reach teachers who are struggling to make genuine contact with the students in their classrooms.
  • I wish to do so in an understandable and clear way.
  • I wish to be part of the lightning fast change that is occurring right now in our nation’s classrooms, a change that reflects the ancient truth about how people learn languages – with joy first and analysis second, and not the other way around.

Language must be made attractive and the room must be emptied of pretense. It must invite curiosity. Think of quiet evenings around a fire, soft voices, and mystery. The Pure Land is where meaning and sound converge in happiness. It is the gentle wind that blows authentic acquisition into the students’ minds, bringing real appreciation for the language, and sweetening the experience for all.

Ben’s Mission Statement:

It is my goal to properly train and fully provide language teachers with every skill they need to reach their students.

To contact Ben Slavic, email him at benslavic@yahoo.com