The story of this workshop is based on an exciting Cuban folktale, “The Barking Mouse”. Participants learn how an expert TPRS teacher takes a story from a children's book and condenses it to a lesson that can be used at the first-year level. This same story can be adapted for intermediate and advanced levels. Participants experience the students' perspective through a demonstration lesson in Swedish. This includes: TPR (Total Physical Response) with props and actions, PQA (Personalized Questions and Answers), acting out the story and paired-practice activities. The techniques, strategies and skills can be used to teach any language. The presenter shows how she teaches this story to her Spanish students and her goal is to inspire you to teach it to your students. There is time to practice the strategies and discuss language acquisition. Everyone receives a copy of the story, vocabulary list and exercises in Spanish.
Barbara Cartford is a nationally recognized presenter of "Culture-based TPR Storytelling" with a record of extraordinary success. A highlight of 2012 was when she presented at the Panamá National TPRS Conference in February.
In 2009 she was named World Language Teacher of the Year by the MCTLC, Minnesota Council on the Teaching of Languages and Cultures.
In 2011 Concordia Language Villages recognized her with the Global Citizenship Award for 20 years of outstanding service preparing young people for responsible citizenship in our global community. Also in 2011, she received the Percy Fearing Award for the creation of outstanding world language curriculum by the MCTLC.
After 25 years of teaching Spanish at the high school level, she decided to add another dimension to her career by switching to the elementary level. Her current students are 4th and 5th graders at Wayzata Public Schools.
Barbara will present the story and cultural components of her award winning culture-based Cuban Unit on November 12, 2012. She hopes to inspire you to use her ideas and to create your own!
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