There is some communication going around in Alaska about TPRS and native language teaching:
Dear Susie, Carol, Kristy, Ben and Nancy,
I was surfing Alaska Native Language pages because of a Ben blog, and found this page of a Yupik immersion teacher. I can’t believe it! I love the pictures and the stories, and I love the fact that she quotes Susie and contacted Carol. I’m hoping she’s still teaching and will come to our conference. It’s an inspiring site.
Nancy, the AEIN facilitator who is writing below, has her office at UAA. We may need to have one AFLA session directed specifically to elementary teachers.
From: annjb1 [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Thursday, February 18, 2010 1:48 PM
Subject: Re: TPRS in Alaska
She teaches at Ayaprun which is one of the AEIN Network Schools! Many of the teachers at Ayapurn are very experienced with TPRS.
I have been there a few times to visit and it is indeed a special school where TPR and TPRS can been seen throughout the school. Can you imagine teaching in such a school where all teachers believe in TPRS? The energy can be felt the first minute you walk into the school. The students are completely engaged, noisy and all speaking in Yupik. A language teachers dream!
Our colleagues at Ayaprun certainly have a lot to say about this methodology. You can see evidence of this both in their teaching practices and the books they have on their bookshelves.
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