À l’École des Sorciers

I read about learning a foriegn language and one of the ways is called “Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling or TPRS” The idea is the students are given enough vocabulary to understand a story and that is the only vocaulary used until comprehension is complete. I have decided to use Harry Potter and try a variation of this method. So I am reading Harry Potter, writing down words I don’t know. I am getting more comprehension and finding fewer and fewer words that I don’t know. Also I am able to guess a lot through context because I know the story. I don’t know all the verb conjugations for the verb “to be” (être) but I am able to recognize when I see a form of it. I went ahead an started typing Harry Potter into the computer. I have typed two chapters while I have read over 13 chapters. It is nice to go back and see how much I really understand. I found out that there are 2,200 unique words in the first two chapters. I am going through those words making sure I really know what they mean. This may not be a great way to learn a language, but it does aid in studying because I need variety. I would say that reading is the easiest, then understanding, then talking and finally writing. Everytime I think I am making progress I feel like I am no further than I was when I first got here. I was asked to teach another lesson in High Priest Group. That will be another great opportunity to learn. I don’t know how I feel about using everyone at church for my personal hobby.

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