Ben Slavic - TPRS and Comprehensible Input Expert
Ben 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org