Before we study it, let’s make sure what we mean when we say that we are going to study TPRS with the intention of using it in our classrooms. Many of us mistakenly try to grasp the method as a complete system, one full of important details that must be remembered for each class to be successful.
But that is not true. TPRS training really means grasping a framework for teaching, not a complete system. When we learn TPRS, we are equipped with a powerful automobile, but we can drive it whenever and wherever we want at the speeds we desire, and is thus a method that we drive, not one that drives us. It is a picture frame, into which we provide a painting, one that is new in each class. Here are just a few of the implications of that idea: