Language learning is a misnomer, since it is impossible to develop proficiency (or fluency) through conscious learning. Authentic communication is managed by a system that is by nature, unconscious. Proficiency can only be developed by interacting with compelling contextualized Comprehensible Input (CI) through an unconscious process called ‘acquisition.’ Learn more.
Because it is impossible to consciously ‘learn’ language for the sake of developing communicative competence, it is futile to try to ‘teach’ language. The key to fluency is to create a language-rich environment abundant in compelling contextualized comprehensible input (CI) for the purpose of facilitating L2 acquisition. This requires a shift in the educator role from teacher to facilitator.
The only way to develop true communicative competence is by sustaining interaction in the target language using CI in ways that engage, inspire and direct complete attention to interesting messages vs. the chore of learning language. Our training and materials can help you do just that! Whether you want to learn TPRS, video-based instruction or other CI-based strategies, Fluency Matters has you covered!
Our comprehension-based readers are unrivaled in their effectiveness for sustaining student engagement and developing proficiency. Every Fluency Matters reader meets specific criteria, including a level-appropriate unique-word count, a high frequency factor (the number of exposures to core language structures within a text), and a captivating plot that appeals to all genders and age groups.
One of my third year students recently finished reading Vida y Muerte. When I pointed out the new novella (Guerra Sucia), he grabbed it, no questions asked. The ending for Guerra Sucia is spectacular. It cuts right to your heart. It is PERFECT and quite daring of you, I think. Anyway, I’m totally enjoying La hija del sastre and think it is a great read. Wow!
I absolutely love Esperanza. My colleagues and I are fighting over who gets to use it. Thanks for a fabulous novel…it’s a good problem to have when we all think it’s so good that we all want to use it.
Los Piratas del Caribe & El Triangulo de las Bermudas is EXCELLENT. A compelling story, with surprises and drama, all told with a limited vocabulary. I’m eager to read the sequel.
The teacher materials are GODSENDS!!!! EVERYONE loves them: they actually help the kids to LEARN LANGUAGE and are not busy work. The cultural notes are fascinating, the quizzes are easy to use or modify.
These books are great! So interesting and fun!
My students devour these novels! They become fodder for lengthy target-language class discussions and countless laughs.
Engaging from the first paragraphs, easy to understand, fun to read and discuss, appealing to the students, these stories help retain vocabulary and acquire grammar naturally. The students just couldn’t get enough of them!
I love “El Nuevo Houdini” because it’s very relevant to teenagers and they think it’s hilarious!
I am constantly amazed at how TPRS authors can write such interesting books using such a limited vocabulary. Felipe Alou is a good example. GOOD book!
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