Circling questions (just trying something out...)

Just trying something out: activities based on TPRS-style "circling" questions. What do you think? The plan is to make a tool that can help teachers to generate circling questions based on their text, that can be used in the ways shown here. The image (above) includes a parallel text. The circling questions appear in a specific order.

>> Try it here <<

Or try it below as an embedded activity. It's based on this text:

Hay un chico. El chico se llama Juanito. A Juanito le gustan los gatos. Juanito no tiene gato, pero quiere un gato. Quiere un gato rojo.

Click below to access the activity. (Opens in a new window on touch devices.)
Click here to open the above activity in a new window.

Or how about as a football game with random-order questions? (would only work for a short text such as this one...)

>> Try it here <<


Scaffolding output based on comprehensible input

This is an output activity that can be used by comprehensible input teachers, no? (See my reasoning below if you're not convinced)

(NB: It's based on chapter 1 of "Brandon Brown veut un chien", which I added to textivate a while back with permission from Carol Gaab.)

Here you have:

  • English text to refer to so that meaning is clear
  • First letter of each word provided
  • Option to just gap every 2nd, 3rd, 4th or 5th word to make the activity easier (and to increase the input)
  • An activity which, if used after the students have read the text, provides a template for retelling the story correctly
  • Something which DOES NOT HAVE TO BE TYPED - you can use the combination of the English translation and the initial letters as a basis for students re-telling (re-building) the text ORALLY in class.
  • Linked to the above point, you as the teacher can type in the text as students read it out (re-tell it orally), confirming the spellings etc so that they can see the text appear as they speak, or you can help them with tricky bits by typing in the letters.

What do you think?

Brandon Brown veut un chien (chapter 1)

Looking for graded readers for your language classes? Ever thought of looking at books available in the USA?

I recently came across - a source of resources for the TPRS method of Communicative Input based foreign language teaching.

The site sells a range of novels (yes, novels - typically 10 or more chapters, roughly 100 pages per novel).

Some of the novels allow you to preview the first chapter or so as a pdf file. I asked the author of one of the novels (Carol Gaab, author of "Brandon Brown veut un chien") for permission to put the first chapter into textivate.

The pdfs below were printed from the textivate resource.

The textivate resource can be found here:

Here is an embedded version of just one of the 30-ish activities available via the link above:

Pobre Ana (Blaine Ray's TPRS Spanish story) Chapter 1, part 1 of 5

If you're a TPRS teacher and you've been presenting and practising stories in preparation for the reading of chapter 1 of Pobre Ana, hopefully you'll find this blog post useful.

I just want to show how easy it is to create a range of practice activities based precisely on the language that you want to focus on, using textivate.

To create the resources on this blog post, I typed in the text from the book and added some English to Spanish matching items. (NB: I split chapter 1 of Pobre Ana into 5 parts, and the resources in this post are just based on the first part.)