Report from the Field – Laura Avila


My sophomore classes this year are the first to have been 100% raised on NTCI. They have acquired about as much as any previous TPRS group at this time of year did in the past with much less stress for me. The BIG, BIG difference is in the quality of our relationship and that of their engagement. There is much trust, respect and comfort between us all. I never thought I could write something like this and I know it is thanks to NTCI and firmness on the implementation of the classroom rules.



5 thoughts on “Report from the Field – Laura Avila”

  1. Hey Ben,
    Things have started slow because I was out one day and we have State Standardized exams this week. However, I began TPRS 2 weeks ago and was able to get in 3 days each week with my four 6th grade classes. My feeling was that the students enjoyed the shift at first but I thought they were getting board with the repetition. So, I followed up this week with two days of writing: an email to an imaginary penpal (using the vocab and structures we have focused on the two previous weeks. Today, I also did a questionnaire with two questions:
    1. Do you find learning Spanish with me a comfortable experience?
    Unanimous answer: yes
    2. What do we do or I do to make learning comfortable?
    Top 5 answers:
    Kahoot! / My singing / creating the story (TPRS) / spoken dialogs / working in groups

    Obewan, I mean Ben, CI is the new hope ; )


  2. Orlando you have not scratched the surface yet, and you’re already making great strides. Comprehensible input is the answer to the problem about how people learn languages. All you need is a system. Once you have the system, you won’t have to plan anything. As I told you, I believe in a private email, this system is different from TPRS and I think works better. I say that based on my 40 years in the classroom and my 20 years of messing around with TPRS, without being happy with it, to be frank. I’ll contact you privately. I hope you have some more time to do some testing. You are going to make some tableaux!

  3. I totally agree, Laura, on this increased level of engagement and relationship building. I love my job!

  4. Laura is a diamond. We should be so lucky to have colleagues with half her insights and honesty and expertise in our buildings. And with Skip and Anne also up there, Maine has it going on!

  5. Congrats Laura! I felt that way too last year as well as the year before when I had students do NTCI for two years straight. There was way less pressure for them to perform and they felt so accepted.

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