TPRS vs. Georgia 3

Let’s take a  look at panel 3:

Help learners clarify meaning and express understanding without
translation.

If they mean no translation, as per the last blog entry on this site, then this is just another impractical idea. Who wrote this? Any teacher who has actually spent time in a classroom knows that this is impossible to achieve in reality. It sounds great, but it is not practical.

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3 thoughts on “TPRS vs. Georgia 3”

  1. A coworker of mine is anti-translation because we did not use translation when we learned our first language. What we had instead was thousands of hours of use before we even babbled a word. Obviously most objects do not need translations but more abstract things do need translation. If we use translation in the way we are using it in CI/TPRS, then students will learn way faster than having them do the guess work.
    On a side note, I ran into a student from last year. Her class gave me many challenges with classroom management and I learned more from last years disrupters than ever before (last year was a boundary learning year for me). Anyhow, I never taught them the alphabet because it has never seemed to matter with pronunciation when I taught it and eventually I found it a waste of time. She is stressed because her teacher is starting off the year with an alphabet test. I told her to focus on the weird letters and not worry about the others. I did go over phonetics at times so I think she knows more than she realizes. I also said that Mr. so and so and I have different philosophies and that doesn’t mean either of us are wrong (though I do believe he is wrong, I would never tell a student). I did say, however, (maybe crossing a boundary) that it sounded like a “I am not sure how to start the year” maneuver. I probably should not have said that but it came out in my truth speaking.

  2. I, too, think that teaching the alphabet is silly. However during one observation last year, my supervisor pointed out that my students didn’t seem to be all that comfortable in that area (they were “playing” hangman on the Smartboard). So that tells me it’s one of those things I have to do (teach the alphabet) to play the game. Unfortunately, we are still in a position of having to play nice way too many times.

    1. I have played hangman with kids that have been taught the alphabet and they still sucked. Maybe hangman could be the way to teach it?

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