ASILE conference presentation:
Teaching Bahasa Indonesia via TPRS
TPRS (Teaching Proficiency through Reading & Storytelling) is a pedagogy that an increasing number of primary Indonesian language teachers on the Fleurieu Peninsular, SA is successfully implementing over the past 2 years in their Indonesian classrooms. TPRS was created by Blaine Ray, a secondary French teacher to address the issue of thematic vocabulary being largely forgotten as well as to combat reduced enrollments in secondary language programs. We would like to introduce participants to this highly successful methodology and explain how we have implemented it with primary students in our Indonesian Language classrooms.
Annie Beach is a primary school teacher of Indonesian on the Southern Fleurieu Peninsular in South Australia. She is based at Goolwa Primary School. She has been involved with the Southern Fleurieu Indonesian Teachers Hub for over a decade.
During her teaching she has been involved with the following programs:
‘Reading Ben Slavic’s book ‘Stepping Stones’ was a major turning point in changing my beliefs in how languages should be taught. I felt that teaching through a theme based approach sometimes mean that students knowledge is wide but shallow and felt that TPRS (Teaching Proficiency Through Reading and Storytelling) allows a more natural acquisition of language which results in a narrow but deeper understanding.’
In July this year she attended the ‘TPRS workshop in Agen’. This is the fourth international workshop in Southern France.
Goolwa Primary School