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Friday, May 15 • 9:00am - 3:30pm
Pre-Conference Workshop with Dr. Yuehua (Susan) Zhang: TPR & TPRS - Effective Teaching Approaches to Developing Language Proficiency

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Target audience: K -12 second/foreign language educators

Workshop outline: TPR (Total Physical Response) & TPRS (Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling) is an effective approach in teaching of a second/foreign language. TPR, initiated by Dr. James Asher, and TPRS by Blaine Ray and Contee Seely - these two methods are supported by theories in second language acquisition developed by Dr Stephen Krashen. These approaches are effective because they provide opportunities for students to receive a range of comprehensible input using a variety of repetition, therefore enabling students to build a foundation from which to develop fluency and be able to communicate confidently with native speakers. Students are engaged in active learning that is relevant and personalized, which creates an environment for natural language acquisition.
The workshop will not only present relevant theory to help understand the effectiveness of these approaches, but also provide hands-on experiential learning of the necessary steps for participants to then apply these methods in their own classrooms.
The concept of language proficiency will also be introduced because the classroom practice has shown that to make this approach truly effective, specific proficiency goals must be present. Therefore, teachers will be provided with a ‘tool kit’ of strategies, which are exactly what they need in order to guide their students toward successful mastery of the language.

In this workshop, participants will:
  • gain theoretical background of the teaching methods - TPR (Total Physical Response) and TPRS (Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling)
  • develop a ‘tool kit’ of basic steps in how to use TPR and TPRS through hands-on experiential learning
  • understand the development of language proficiency and build strategies to apply in daily teaching (focusing on oral interpersonal communication skills)

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Dr. Yuehua (Susan) Zhang

Dr. Yuehua (Susan) Zhang obtained her BA degree in English from Beijing Normal University, MED from Concordia University of Nebraska and PhD in Curriculum and instruction from University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the US. She has extensive experience in U.S./China educational programs. She served as an assistant professor in education at two universities in the US (Concordia University of Nebraska and Washburn University in Topeka, KS) before joining... Read More →


Friday May 15, 2015 9:00am - 3:30pm
Conference Room 2 Block A, Level 5

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