NYATC Hosts New Webinar on TPRS

NYATC is looking forward to hosting a second webinar this season on Thursday, May 28, 2020 at 6:00pm EDT. The webinar theme is "Leveling up with TPRS" featuring presenter Susan Hanna-Wicht.

Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling (TPRS®) is a language teaching method created by Blaine Ray. It is based on the principle that the brain needs large amounts of Comprehensible Input (CI) to acquire a new language. In this webinar, we will start with a short story (a handful of words) and level up students' proficiency from novice to intermediate and, possibly, beyond. Enriching the text with personalized or relevant details, gradually scaffolds learning with new vocabulary and expressions, so that students can transfer learning and build their communicative skills. Reading allows students to ask questions about how language may change in context, and discover the 'why' of how language behaves. TPRS® is rooted in Stephen Krashen's L+1 theory of language acquisition. It can be a useful addition to a teacher's repertoire. Students of all levels (novice, intermediate, or advanced) are motivated because the story keeps evolving around new expressions, thereby increasing their confidence and proficiency. Compatible with ACTFL's World Readiness Standards, TPRS fosters learners' competence to communicate effectively and interact with a range of cultures.

Susan Hanna Wicht

Susan Hanna Wicht teaches Arabic at the Heschel School in Manhattan. She holds a B.A. in Arabic/English Translation from Al-Mustansiriya University in Baghdad; a postgraduate diploma in Translation and Conference Interpretation from the University of Westminster in London; two M.A.s, one in International Business from Webster University in Geneva and one in Bilingual Education from Teachers College Columbia University in New York; and the Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA).

Susan's career has spanned translation, teaching, and marketing. She has worked with the Research Center at City University New York (CUNY) on the Arabic curriculum content for Students with Interrupted Formal Education (SIFE), co-leads the New York Arabic Teachers' Council (NYATC), and is currently working on an Arabic language curriculum exploring Arab cultures. In addition, she has served on several non-profit boards, including Career Transition for Dancers, St. Christopher's Inn, and Global Language Project.

Susan was raised in an Iraqi-Irish family, speaking Arabic, English and French. Her formative years between Baghdad and London fostered a lasting linguistic and cultural sensitivity. Her interests center on bilingual education, language and culture in curriculum design, and Arabic instruction development.

The event is made by the continued support of NYATC's sponsor, Qatar Foundation International, and the host institution, Choate Rosemary Hall. Thank you to the Qatar Foundation International for sponsoring this event and waiving the registration fee for all.