TPRS vs. Georgia 14

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2 thoughts on “TPRS vs. Georgia 14”

  1. I’m gonna have to disagree with you on this one Ben. The expectation is not that kids will use language independantly and express individual ideas and opinions at the beginning of study. It sounds like they want teachers to encourage students to use language more and more independantly as they progress. I think that is what we are all trying to do. I’m not sure if this list of tenets is for Level one or for foreign language teaching in general. This one would be hard for level 1 kids, but even in our TPRS level one classes it is possible for students to express personal ideas and opinions about a story or a situation we are talking about even if it is in a very simple way. I think the key in this tenet is not the quantity or quality of output but the attitude and approach of the teacher.

  2. Agreed, Norm. My own experience with colleagues I have known over the years colored my reading of that sentence above. There are so many teachers I have seen at work in the classroom who would say that they are “encouraging” their students but really are “forcing” output from them. There is a difference. Now that I read it as you describe it, I get it. Thanks.

    The original document said that it was written for elementary students, but it was made clear in the subtitle that “Atlanta Public Schools encourages adherence to these tenets in all schools, in all languages, at all levels of proficiency and at all grade levels, elementary through high.” Without that statement, I would have backed down from the discussion because I know nothing about TPRS and elementary education.

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