Aren’t TPRS and CI the same thing? is a constant question I hear world language teachers asking. The answer is No! Logically, the next question I hear is How are they different then? There are LOTS of bloggers who have already answered this question. One of my favorite explanations is from Martina Bex’s (twitter: @MartinaBex; blog: martinabex.com) post called TPRS 101 – Teaching Proficiency is Really Simple. As so many have already answered this question, I do not want to reinvent the wheel; however, I would like to add to the discussion. I present to you The Comprehensible Input Umbrella visual:
My version of The Comprehensible Input Umbrella was inspired by Diana Noonan’s own CI Umbrella at #iFLT16. I thought to myself, Wow! This is so easy to understand! but I also wanted to beef it up to help those who are really trying to understand the difference between CI and TPRS. I added some activities from The Georgia Classicist’s post called A Comprehensible Input Approach – Various Delivery Methods after Grant Boulanger (twitter: @grantboulanger; blog: grantboulanger.com) had passed the post along. I then sent out my rough draft for feedback from some peers.
Some concerns others want addressed before releasing this image:
- SIZING does NoT mEaN one activity if MORE important than another. It was a stylistic choice to help the activities stand out on their own – which is also why I decided to have them in different colors, too.
- This is NOT an exhaustive list! Not by any means.
- There was some debate about whether or not to include Content-Based Instruction (CBI) on this list. Through my Master’s program I was told that the folks at the University of Minnesota are the leaders of CBI, and that often these professionals can be picky about what qualifies as CBI. However, when I reread the What qualifies as ‘content’ in CBI quotes, I can’t help but make a bajillion connections to what I am doing in my classroom when I teach about Lucha libre or geography. That’s why I have decided to leave Content-Based Instruction in the visual.
I hope this helps you when trying to figure out how TPRS and CI relate to one another!