New People

This site can be confusing for newer people. To address that, I suggest the following:
I assume that you already accept the TPRS/CI methodology so the numerous articles here on that topic are not what a new person would probably want to read.
Rather, the benefits in these pages for new people lie in the two areas of finding CI strategies for the classroom and in getting the moral and technical support they need to implement them.
Below is a link to my new book The Big CI Book. Explore the skills and strategies if you are new. If some area interests you, you can delve further into it here on the PLC by finding categories, articles and comments by group members on the topic you are interested in on the right side of this page. There is also a category entitled, “New People Read This” to further clarify things.
If you want to read about how to create stories, read around in TPRS in a Year! below. The five sample stories toward the end of the book give especially valuable insights into the storytelling process.
Then, once you have read about doing actual stories in TPRS in a Year!, you can play some of the videos listed in the Videos hard link at the top of this page. There are lots of videos.
There are also many categories that describe what to do when attacked for your desire to explore new ways of teaching. One is “Spine”. Another is “When Attacked”. There are lots of them.
The Primers are also of key importance when you need articles to defend specific points if you are in conflict with someone in your building. People print these and hand these out in their buildings a lot. An example is a series of articles written by Robert Harrell on textbook adoption. There are high quality articles on Krashen, SLA theory, assessment and many other topics. The quality of articles in the Primers section is so high that anyone with a mind to attack us and call us crazy, after reading some of them with an open mind and heart, would have to admit that they may be the crazy one.
How you use the site is up to you. If you dig a little, you can find just about anything. If you need help on a topic, send me an email at and I will take it to the group for multiple responses. You can also ask specific questions on the Forum. See the Tutorials hard link for more on how to set that up.
You can also just write something in a comment field at any time, even if it’s not related to that thread. You will find the group most willing to help, so ask away. We are all in a big learning process with this work and there is no one “correct” way to do it.
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