Chief Atahm School welcomes you to our 14th Annual TPR Summer Institute. The summer courses provide an opportunity for language teachers and those working in the field of language revitalization to explore theory and practice. Two sessions are offered this year that are designed for new and experienced First Nations language teachers and course developers. This year we offer: a 5-day Beginning TPR-Storytelling Course and a 5-day Advanced TPR Storytelling Course. Both of these courses can be taken for 3 credits (3rd year Education course) through Thompson Rivers University and through Nicola Valley Institute of Technology (NVIT).
The Total Physical Response Methodology for second language teaching has been successfully implemented in language classrooms worldwide. This action-based methodology quickly develops a core communicative vocabulary for students in a fun, creative way. Chief Atahm School has developed an intensive training program to help language teachers build successful language programs through TPR. During this institute each participant will be provided with training through lectures, live teacher demonstrations, multimedia, and group activities.
TPR Storytelling builds on Classic TPR by incorporating stories to develop speaking skills in language students. This intensive 5 day course provides the theoretical and practical teaching so that teachers will be ready to implement TPR Storytelling in their classrooms. Two of the course highlights are the live demonstrations by TPR-Storytelling master teacher, Janice Michel-Billy and the use of traditional stories to teach language. This course is recommended for experienced language teachers. Although experience with Classic TPR is helpful, it is not a prerequisite.
The introductory course will demonstrate how to teach using the First Nations Language Essentials Level One
Chief Atahm School is a Secwepemc immersion school dedicated to the survival of our language, values and culture. We are committed to assisting other communities with their language journeys.