TPRS is an extremely effective method for teaching foreign languages, and students who learn a language in this way can understand, speak, read, and write in the target language much more quickly than with some other methods of teaching.  TPRS employs tools that are familiar to language teachers everywhere, but the change in emphasis from output to comprehensible input is what makes a TPRS classroom look different from a non-TPRS classroom.  Sprayberry has previously hosted the National TPR Storytelling Conference featuring Mr. Blaine Ray.

Most recently, Sprayberry welcomed teachers from across the metro area to the second Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling (TPRS) Workshop.  Held in 2010, the workshop was hosted by Ms. Susan Gross.  Ms. Gross has garnered international recognition for her innovative use of TPRS techniques for foreign language instruction; her methods are based on the most up-to-date research, and participants leave her workshops energized and eager to apply the techniques to their own classroom instruction.

The workshop was sponsored by the Cobb County School District, where Dr. Gregory Ewing serves as the Supervisor for both Foreign Language and ESOL.  Dr. Ewing has worked with Sprayberry to champion the cause of effective and engaging foreign language instruction.  Teachers from Atlanta, Cobb, Cherokee, Decatur, and Gwinnett attended the 2010 workshop, and Sprayberry's Foreign Language Department continues to welcome teachers from throughout the country who are interested in learning more about this innovative method of foreign language instruction.



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