TPR Storytelling or TPRS refers to Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling, which is a method of foreign language teaching. It uses a combination of reading and storytelling to facilitate foreign language learning for students in a classroom setting. TPR Storytelling method utilizes three primary steps to help students learn a new language. These steps are as follows –
• In step one, the student is made acquainted with the new vocabulary structures that mandate learning to acquire the foreign language. These structures are taught using a mixture of translation, gestures, and personalized questions.
• In step two, these language structures are used in a spoken class story.
• In the final step, the structures learned are used in class reading.
During the administration of these steps of TPR Storytelling, it is the teacher’s responsibility to experiment with a variety of techniques that might make the target language better understandable for the students.
Some techniques utilized are – the selective limiting of vocabulary, frequent comprehension checks, continuous asking of basic comprehension questions, using brief grammar explanations. Free voluntary reading is another method that TPRS teachers try out in the classroom. Students can refer to the many easy TPRS novels written by TPR teachers for this purpose.