I'm assuming you already know what TPRS® is. If not, go here.
This school year I started teaching at a new school. At my new school I am the only one solely devoted to TPRS® and CI strategies...That is, until a few weeks ago! My department chair had heard of TPRS® and when she found out that that's my preferred method, her interest was instantly peaked. I can't speak for the majority of CI teachers, but for me, when a fellow colleague is interested in making the switch, it's like watching any Jacqueline Bracamontes telenovela (Silvia Navarro is a close second!) or eating bacon-cheese fries dipped in massive amounts of ranch: Awesome!
So, I pointed her in the right direction, a TPRS® workshop that was coming to town (just like Santa—sorry, I couldn't resist). After attending the workshop, my colleague became even more pumped and that's when she asked me the million dollar question: What materials do you use and where do you get them? Actually, she also asked how much money I have spent acquiring my materials (ahem, thousands, yes really!), but that's not here nor there... I hope my husband doesn't read this.
I explained to her that in the world of TPRS® and CI, there is no "set" curriculum or textbook. Instead, there are many informative blogs and excellent teacher-made resources. So, if anyone reading this is looking to make the switch, or seeking additional TPRS® and CI materials, I've made a list of my favs just for you.
BLAINE RAY, TPR STORYTELLINGIf you don't know who Blaine Ray is, stop and go here. Blaine's company has an assortment of materials (in various languages) from readers, DVDs, teacher guides, and student books. I have used materials for levels I and II (Spanish). Does an elephant really need a Jacuzzi? Yep!
JALEN WALTMAN, WALTMANIAJalen's materials have everything you need (including awesome stick figures and humor), or as she puts it, "My lessons include day-by-day, step-by-step instructions, ACTFL-aligned objectives, and all masters ready to copy for your class." Jalen has materials for Spanish I-4, and I believe is working on AP materials. I've used levels 1-3.
CAROL GAAB, TPRS PUBLISHING, INC.A plethora (using this word always makes me think of The Three Amigos) of materials to explore in several languages! I have many of the readers, which are incredibly well-written, highly engaging, and super comprehensible. Specific resources that I have used are their middle school and level I and II curriculum.
MARTINA BEX, THE COMPREHENSIBLE CLASSROOMMartina is one busy lady-and that's a good thing! Her materials are solid. Most are for Spanish teachers, but some are for French teachers. She has created her own Spanish I and II curriculum. I have used both.
AMY BACHMAN CATANIA, CUENTOS FANTÁSTICOS Amy has a Spanish I and II curriculum (in Spanish and French) and each unit is, "designed around a particular vocabulary theme." Amy also embraces awesome stick figure drawings and adolescent humor. I have used both levels.
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Finally, the powers that be have created a marketplace for teachers by a teacher! Thank you Paul Edelman! So here are tons of resources, most available at your fingertips as downloads, that you can discover and use instantly. And, as Kristy Placido pointed out on her blog, there are around 4,500 FREE materials for Spanish teachers! Make sure to download an example of a teacher's work to get an idea of the quality of their work.
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I am always on the lookout for awesome TPRS® and CI materials. What do you use? Please share your favorites by leaving a comment below!