One of my favourite methods of getting students excited about learning French (or any other language) is to use TPRS – Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling. TPRS is a method of language acquisition that was developed by Blaine Ray in the late 1980s and I have been fortunate enough to be trained by Blaine himself when he visited my school a few years ago.
This past week, I invented a little story for my Year 3 students and they absolutely loved it. They couldn’t wait to come to class to contribute to the next installment of the story and did a fantastic job at using the sentence structures they had heard to retell the story. I am always impressed at the level of engagement when I use TPRS and find that it is a great way to bring in student interest and make language relevant for them. Here is a little glimpse of our story and the culminating Kahoot, which the students thoroughly enjoyed: