Elise Cool

Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling

Length: 40 minutes
Audience focus: Teachers of adolescent leaners

Elise Cool has dedicated her dissertation to the subject of Teaching Proficiency Through Reading and Storytelling (TPRS).
Her work aims to show that TPRS can motivate pupils to speak the target language in class, while developing fluency and spontaneity in their use of the target language.
TPRS can take on many shapes and forms, so this session’s goal is to reveal an approach to language teaching that stresses the importance of using the target language, spontaneity and making mistakes in a classroom.
After an introduction of the subject, we will observe TPRS in action through video fragments and the Shakespeare themed material that has been used in a TPRS lesson.
Then, the participants will be put to the test while trying out the TPRS method in our group while working with one of Shakespeare’s finest tales: Hamlet.
Our session will end with the opportunity to make a comparison. We will watch a second video fragment that shows how the pupils and the TPRS teacher dove into the story of Hamlet.


Elise Cool is currently an English teacher at Onze-Lieve-Vrouwe-Presentatie Sint-Niklaas.