Jan’s Favorite Language Teacher Resources
Rethinking HOW we teach languages
Second Language Acquisition: Dr. Stephen Krashen
I learned how language acquisition is natural and effortless from Dr. Krashen.
Stephen Krashen’s Theory of Language Acquisition
A concise summary of Krashen’s hypotheses.
Books and Articles by Stephen Krashen
Language acquisition, bilingual education, education reform
The Read Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease
Literature for Language Learners
Graded readers are leveled for novice, intermediate and advanced language learners. As they build confidence and read more, students progress into the ability to read authentic texts.
Novels by Blaine Ray
Multiple titles in several levels: Chinese, French, German, Spanish and Russian
Novels by Carol Gaab
New Spanish and French books at various levels. Search the site for even more titles.
TPR Total Physical Response created by Dr. James Asher
I learned how teaching language as a parent teaches a child can work for any teacher of any language with any age learner from James Asher.
Learning Another Language Through Actions by James Asher
Instructor’s Notebook: How to Apply TPR for Best Results by Ramiro Garcia
Teaching English Through Actions, 101 Lesson Plans by Berty Segal Cook
(Also available in Spanish, French, German, Japanese and Russian)
I learned a great deal about sequencing and scaffolding easy to complex TPR from Berty! This book has excellent step-by-step instructions for the teacher and ideas for expanding TPR into future and past tense lessons.
TPRS, Blaine Ray, creator
Teaching for Proficiency Through Reading and Storytelling:
I learned the power of teaching narrative and how to “let go” of the grammar-based syllabus from Blaine.
Fluency Through TPR Storytelling by Blaine Ray