Chinese Language Teaching Methodology and Technology

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University School of Milwaukee

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Human beings are wired for stories (Brown, P258). Throughout our existence, stories have been an integral part of our meaning making, and informational transportation. Stories are embedded in our biology. We do not just tell stories and hear stories, we experience stories emotionally and cognitively, and we feel stories physically in the body. Stories have been used in every aspect of human life, and have always been part of language teaching as well. Researches have shown that narrative films and readings help to develop empathy, perspective taking, understanding ourselves and others and increase literacy. TPRS is a fun and effective method in teaching foreign languages in a classroom setting. It takes advantage of the power of story in comprehensible input oriented method. This paper describes what is TPRS and how it works.

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