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  1. Dear Ben,
    I am a new comer to TPRS and teaching languages. My student base are scattered all over the world and my main mode of teaching has to be virtual and mostly prerecorded. I have recorded some lessons via screencast video (recording powerpoint slides & audio) and I am looking for better ways to make the quality of teaching TPRS as close to face to face as possible. There are not many information about TPRS and elearning combined together. Can you tell me how you would go about it if all your classes were online and have to be pre recorded. . Thanks in advance and have a great week

    1. I would suggest you check out Google plus…(Google +) upper right hand corner of your gmail if you have one. .I think it lets you set up a virtual class of 10 students… They can see you you them…

      Don’t know much about it but I think it might be worth looking in to… especially since it is free!
      Skip

      1. Yvonne I just got a question like that from a guy in England but he is not in the PLC. I sent it out to Robert, Jody and David Young for starters. It’s not the exact same question, but he asks about both multi-language grouping and online instruction. That is in the hopper and so I will be able to publish on this topic in the next few weeks. It’s a question that is going to have to be answered in some way.

        At some point we are going to have to find that point of instructional interface that now separates technology and comprehension based instruction whether we want to or not*. And I don’t want to, especially in light of the Sherry Turkle TED speach Jody posted here last night.

        But, in your case, you have to have some answers whereas most of us can just go into our classrooms and work with the robots there (sorry did I say robots? I meant lovely and engaged little children). Skip, your suggestion is potentially powerful. Really powerful. Well, let’s see where this thread goes over the next few weeks. I guess I’ll make a technology link.

        *I must state clearly that I find it risible and an egregious breach of trust with students to bring a load of technology physically into a TPRS classroom and try to use it to supplant the natural and beautiful process of human interaction that defines the foundation of our work as teachers of comprehensible input.

        1. I agree with your * but in Yvonne’s case the technology would only be to connect students from “afar” in 1 classroom setting…. It would not be used to “supplant the natural and beautiful process of human interaction that defines the foundation of our work as teachers of comprehensible input.” It would be used to “enable” the ” beautiful process of human interaction”

          right?

  2. Hi Ben,
    I understand where you are coming from – And Skip does totally understand where I am coming from. I am from an online publishing and IT background and there are a huge range of tools to use for recording online classes.
    What I am wondering – Would it be better creating interactive content with the information (images / audio) or would you consider it better recording yourself teaching the class?
    Which one is Better for using TPRS virtually – recording the slides , recording the teacher teaching and gesturing / or a mix of both ?

  3. Yvonne make it as personal and human as you can given the limitations of the medium. I therefore vote for the “record yourself option”. Then, reach way down into yourself and bring forward the most positive and engaging personality that you have within yourself to make the interaction one of trust, humor and compelling interest for the kids. Another way to say that is “become a storyteller”. That is, at its base, what brings our success. It is not in doing this or that method. Not really. It is about being human and engaging others for the good that is in them, and in us.

  4. Go to Youtube and type in TPRS Spanish – or whatever language you want to look at. You will get lots of clips to look at and can see what other people have done. Some of them are simply video from a class session. (I hope the teachers got parental permission!) Others are stories told in a TPRS style with lots of repetition. Obviously one of the limitations with both is that the learners can’t give immediate feedback for the teacher to address their needs. The advantage is that learners can replay segments or the entire video as many times as they want.

    There’s even a clip of Ben doing One Word Image:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H47hWgbAN6Q
    Why Youtube included a French Lesson in the Spanish category is a mystery to me.

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