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My TPRS in 2015

I started using TPRS last year after being really unhappy about the amount of English I was using in the classroom. I assumed it was to do with my medium proficiency in Indonesian (I felt so embarrassed when students asked me for a word that I didn’t know) but then I started reading about TPRS.

It just seemed to fit totally with my philosophy of teaching. So I read up on the methodology, watched many video demos and started using TPRS in the second term of 2105, initially just with Year 2s. The best part was the input is controlled!!! So it does not matter if I don’t know a word – I can look it up for next time, and learn as I go!

In third term I jumped in with all my classes! Even my lowest students were writing simple sentences and putting words together to tell me in Indonesian. ‘Ibu Anne nakal’ one told me cheekily! (We had a story about a naughty student who would not follow any teacher directions, so in the story I pretended to hit the naughty student, much to their delight!)

Below is the piece of writing that convinced me that TPRS was a winner! It totally blew me away! Granted, she is a bright student but this is a Year 2 piece of writing – one of the early ones.

I found it more difficult using TPRS with the younger students in Prep and Year One, but began using blocks and connecting links to teach them colours and numbers while they were busy with their hands. I started bringing in toys from home and asking students to give them to others etc so they were moving around. We played a game outside after learning some movement verbs where they had to ‘lari ke merah’ (run to red) or ‘berjalan ke biru mudah’ (walk to light blue). Keeping them moving seems to be the key…

They also loved being the ‘anjing’ up the front while I asked the class what colour the dog was and what its name was.

I had a very talkative Year 4 class that I struggled with all year, but had some success with timing them to see if they could stay in Indonesian for longer than the other Year 4 class!

I must mention that I gained much inspiration and advice from Bu Cathy’s blog. Bu Cathy also teaches Indonesian, but in South Australia. As far as I know Bu Cathy and her colleague are the only ones using TPRS in Australia apart from myself.

A picture drawn by a Year 1 student as I told the story about Lucy and the anjing that bit her. In the last picture she cries.
This Year 2 free writing blew me away!

Getting Ready for the New Year

Recently I found some great literacy activities on lots of different websites using the books featuring Pete the Cat. The text is quite simple and repetitive. My students like hearing stories about animals and I have a cute ‘anjing’ in the classroom that we use a lot in our stories. I thought it was time for a blue cat to join in! So I aim to translate the books into simple Indonesian and use ‘Kucing Pete’ to engage the younger ones.

kucing pete

The first book is about Kucing Pete who starts off with ‘sepatu putih’ and steps into different things, turning his shoes different colours. What a great way to teach colours to the Preps!

This year I will have eight Prep classes, seven Year One classes, three Year 2 classes and four Year 3 classes. I think I had better start conserving energy!! Because of this, during 2016 I aim to write about ideas that work for me with younger students.

I managed to find lots of literacy resources online for Kucing Pete, many of which I can convert and use in my Indonesian class.

I purchased (online from Amazon) two books  – Pete the Cat I Love my White Shoes, Pete the Cat and his Groovy Buttons and the toy as well. I then photographed the pages and translated the story, simplifying it if needed. I then purchased ‘Too Cool for School’ through iBooks as I realized it would be much easier to edit that way.

Here are the two powerpoints I made to use with students. Obviously much oral work and mini-stories will need to be done before we can progress to the books.

Kucing Pete dan empat kancing

Kucing Pete sepatu Putih