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About TPRS Expert Ben Slavic

Ben Slavic - TPRS and Comprehensible Input Expert

Ben Slavic - TPRS ExpertBen Slavic is a nationally recognized TPRS and Comprehensible Input expert.  He has given workshops and lectures to teachers all over the United States.  Ben is a regular speaker at the National TPRS conference each year, and has helped thousands of teachers all over the world learn the TPRS method.

Ben has authored and published numerous best selling TPRS books, audio programs, and video programs, and is the only TPRS expert in the world with an online coaching/training membership and private community where teachers can get TPRS training from the comfort of their own home.

Ben has over 30 years of teaching experience in the classroom at both the middle school and high school levels, and is currently a teacher of French in Denver, CO.  Ben has taught Advanced Placement (AP) French Language and Literature, at both the high school and university level. 

He has twice been recognized by the U.S. Department of State as a Fulbright Teacher Exchange Ambassador and has been recognized as a South Carolina finalist for the prestigious Rockefeller Award.  Ben's students consistently win state and national awards in competitions testing listening and reading skills.

Recently, one of Ben's Students, a ninth grader with no previous background in French except as an eight grade TPRS student, passed the Advanced Placement (AP) exam in French language with a score of 4, which according to the College Board means that the candidate is "highly qualified" in French.

That score, according to Ben, is a "direct result of the vision, hard work, and leadership of the pioneers who worked so hard to create the TPRS method and are radically changing the concrete outcomes for language learners everywhere.

I started this site because I wanted to try to gather everything about TPRS into one place that made sense for me. TPRS is always changing and growing, at a very rapid rate, and has become extremely confusing for some people.

There's just too much random information all over the internet about TPRS. People then dismiss the method because they can’t arrive at a true understanding of it. Then new people have to travel to a conference just to learn something, which is no longer an easy thing to do in today’s economy.

If I can help other teachers keep tabs of all the myriad details of this powerful and complex method in one internet location, then all my work here will be worth it.

The search function and organization of categories alone allow both experienced and new TPRS teachers to easily organize things in their minds so that they can become successful with TPRS, and that was my goal in creating this site.

Ben's Three Wishes:

*  I wish to reach teachers who are struggling to make genuine contact with the students in their classrooms.

*  I wish to do so in an understandable and clear way.

*  I wish to be part of the lightning fast change that is occurring right now in our nation's classrooms, a change that reflects the ancient truth about how people learn languages - with joy first and analysis second, and not the other way around.

Language must be made attractive and the room must be emptied of pretense. It must invite curiosity. Think of quiet evenings around a fire, soft voices, and mystery. The Pure Land is where meaning and sound converge in happiness. It is the gentle wind that blows authentic acquisition into the students' minds, bringing real appreciation for the language, and sweetening the experience for all.

 

Ben's Mission Statement:

Despite huge expenditures of public funds, most language students in American schools see themselves as failures in their study of languages. They are not aware that they are not at fault and that they can, in fact, learn another language.

It is the goal of this website to properly train and fully provide American second language teachers with every skill they need to reach their students. This will justify the expenditures of public funds, while strengthening the fabric of the future American workplace. It will improve the position of American companies in the emerging global economy.

 

To contact Ben Slavic, email him at benslavic@yahoo.com