For me, the most significant sentence in the ACARA document is found on page 14:
Teachers will make decisions about pedagogies that best meet the learning needs of their particular students and the context of their particular program.
In essence, this sentence acknowledge that it is sensible and practical for teachers to make the decisions necesary for selecting the most suitable pedagogy to use in their classrooms. As long as the needs of the students are met and it matches our teaching objectives, then the choice of ‘how’ is up to us.
So obviously, the next question becomes: can TPRS provide us with a methodology that delivers the curriculum in a way that ‘student needs are met’? To begin to answer this, consider the gist of this sentence found in the same paragraph as the above quote:
……. band descriptions, content descriptions, content elaborations and the achievement standards provide an overall sense of … expectations about language teaching …. (and) provide a reference point for making judgments about students’ progress in learning.
In other words, band descriptions, content descriptions, content elaboratons and achievement standards should all be considered equally when planning, programming, teaching and assessing (even though my principal added only a copy of the achievement standards with our semester 1 reports). Thus if we create a word cloud of the entire Indonesian Curriculum, we discover the high frequency words used which would, we could argue, illustrate the key points that teachers should consider a priority when programming.
From this, I would conclude that the curriculum suppports the teaching of Indonesian language via the use of texts!! Do you agree??
If we break it down though and look at word clouds created from the content descriptions, the band descriptions and the achievement standards, is there a difference?
(most common word: language)
(most common word: texts)
(most common word: Students)
If ‘texts’, ‘Students’ and ‘language’ are the key words, then I can easily argue that TPRS is a pedagogy highly compatible with the Australian Curriculum. Students are provided with language texts constantly!!
Consider the 3 basic steps of TPRS:
- Introduce the target structures
- Story telling/ story asking
TPRS is all about presenting our students with compelling Indonesian texts!