Blaine Ray Workshops - TPR Storytelling

Blaine Ray TPR Storytelling® offers workshop training (link opens registration site in new window) as well as books and other helpful materials for foreign language teaching.

Printable Catalog - You may now process your order online if paying by check or school PO, as long as you provide the necessary information.  School POs may also be faxed to us at 888-RAY-TPRS (729-8777).

TPR Storytelling® is a registered trademark owned by Blaine Ray Workshops, Inc.


TPRS® (Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling®) is a method of teaching languages with interactive oral stories and readings. Student pick up, or acquire, the language by listening and understanding. Fluency comes as a result.

TPRS® is a method of second language teaching that uses highly-interactive stories to provide comprehensible input and create an atmosphere of immersion in the classroom. Students focus on the stories and not the language.

The three keys of TPRS® are 1) Comprehension, 2) Repetition, and 3) Interest.

TPRS® consists of two steps, 1) Oral story, 2) Reading.

In our TPRS® Workshops, teachers will learn how to make their classes interesting and engaging for student by teaching with stories.

At the workshops, teachers will:

  • See a demonstration of both an oral story and a reading in a language other than Spanish. They will participate in the story as a “student” as long as they don’t already know the language.

  • Receive small and whole group practice of the two steps of TPRS®, the oral story and the reading.

  • Receive training and practice on how to ask repetitive questions, also called “circling”.

  • Progress from teaching one sentence to several. A story is nothing more than a series of sentences with variables. Teachers teach and dramatize each sentence. The class responds chorally and the student actors are taught to respond with complete sentences.

  • Receiving training on how to add interest to the stories via creative details and storylines, personalization, and student dramatization.

  • Receive training on how to best manage student dramatization and dialogue in the stories.

  • Receive information regarding testing, homework, classroom management, quizzes, timed writing, teaching novels, and student retells.

Teachers connect with their students by making their stories 100% comprehensible. 100% comprehension yields high student engagement.

The combination of learning a language together with practice best prepares teachers for teaching with stories in their own classrooms.

This process helps teachers feel what it is like to learn another language. The workshops give teachers a feeling of the need to slow down in their classes and practice.

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Blaine Ray Workshops
8411 Nairn Drive
Eagle Mountain, UT  84005
Phone: 888-373-1920
Fax: 888 RAY TPRS (729-8777)

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