Linda and I have a great department chair here at the American Embassy School. His name is Zach Al Moreno and he is from Seattle. Zach has been doing TPRS for about five years and he rocks the CI house. Anyone teaching using TPRS with Linda Li around is going to rock the house, right?

I have always said that the best way to learn TPRS is via osmosis. That is a big reason why we have master teachers like Sabrina teaching classes before the actual conferences each summer. They teach the language to teachers of the language who want to improve their strength in the language, but also they model the method!

Osmosis really is the best. What is best for our students in learning is best for us in learning how to do it. When you can get a lot of modeling and also a lot of coaching after you see the modeling, that is best, far better than thinking and talking about the method.



4 thoughts on “Osmosis”

  1. I’m so excited to study French this summer in Chattanooga with Sabrina at Fluency Fast, and with Marcus Grace in VT with Express Fluency. Osmosis acquisition for both language and teaching….bring it on!!!

  2. I do think that “CI in CI” is the best training. We do not expect students to acquire proficiency in language by tearing it apart, so why parse the methods? Seeing the method and experiencing it from the student perspective is invaluable. So much the better if you are also working to acquire a new language. Watching Linda teach, it teaches you so much.

  3. Totally agree. It’s a gut thing. And the only way we can truly be in the shoes of our students is to be in the process in a language we do not speak. That is what drives in this work on a deep level, and brings up all the real “issues” that need to be addressed that have “nothing to do with the language”…like fear, anxiety and all of our prior ego training. Out the window!

    Going to NTPRS in St. Louis was a game changer for me. I was already “down the rabbit hole” but actually experiencing a week of Russian with Katya was mind blowing. ON that same trip I had Mandarin with Linda, Sauk (? with Jacob?) and French “afraid of the package” with Ben. I’m talking cellular / neuron level shifting that needs to be felt rather than known intellectually.

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