How and Why to TCI: Teaching with Comprehensible Input
Ben Slavic shows you step by step how to implement CI practices in your classroom, right away. Educators say they saw a 75–80% increase in engagement, found it easy and enjoyable to immediately implement CI practices, and that the book has made teaching meaningful for them again. See the reviews section for more, or read Jenny's experience below:
"After 10 years of trying to implement CI/TPRS methods into my teaching, I changed school districts and was told that I had to use traditional methods to teach. I hated going to work the entire year. So I changed districts yet again and was told that I had the freedom to use any methods that I wanted. But I felt like I had forgotten all of my CI/TPRS training. I couldn't afford to attend a summer conference and I desperately needed something that would help me relearn and start out strong for my new students. So when I found The BIG CI Book, I felt relief and gratitude immediately. I bought it with my own money. And when it arrived, I poured through it in two days devouring every detail. It has become my main guide book now. I'm so grateful that Ben Slavic took the time to actually write all of these tools down. I feel confident that I am a more effective teacher when using these methods. Thank you for this resource. Teaching is rewarding again."
The Big CI Book
that form the foundation of TPRS/CI, including how to circle, the speed at which to move, how to clarify, and how to read students and know if the input is really getting in.
to keep your channels of delivery varied and satisfy students' cravings for novelty.
Eight Classroom Management Tools
for establishing the environment TPRS/CI must have in order to work—teach kids how to participate, nip resistance in the bud, and make your classroom a community where everyone truly feels safe and valued.
Three Assessment Tools
that keep kids accountable and produce fair grades with minimal time invested.
Four Bail Out Moves
that you can "jump" to any time an activity goes off the rails... sometimes it even happens to the experts!
Appendix of Resources
for the TPRS/CI teacher to help explain or defend the approach to administrators/parents/colleagues, to define what "rigor" really means, and more.
Note: All techniques/resources are intended for any world language teacher and are not specific to a particular language. The language used in examples varies but is most often French or Spanish. Examples provided are easily understood without fluency in French or Spanish.
©2015. English. 305 pages.
Book Download: PDF. Adobe® Reader® required to view PDF.
Print Book: Spiral-bound. 8.5 x 11 inches.
About the Author
Ben Slavic is a nationally recognized TPRS expert. His simple message is that people learn languages with joy first and analysis second, and not the other way around.
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The Big CI Book
May 24, 2019 | By Patricia Clark
Comprehensible Input helped me break down lessons in simpler steps
Nov 2, 2018 | By Gale Jones
The Big CI Book (print)
Oct 5, 2018 | By Dianne Lucado
Helpful Read with great info
Jul 31, 2018 | By Lori Ehlke
So Many Resources!
Jul 29, 2018 | By Grace Darmour-Paul
My Transition Bible
Apr 6, 2018 | By Ben Carter
Sep 14, 2017 | By Sandra Riggin
I'm so grateful for the BIG CI Book
Sep 10, 2017 | By Jenny Hammer
The Big CI Book
Sep 3, 2017 | By Laurel French
Jul 25, 2017 | By Dawn Noble
Getting a start with CI/TPRS
Jul 24, 2017 | By KC
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Jul 17, 2017 | By ginnae stamanis
Jul 14, 2017 | By Cissy Rowley
Jul 10, 2017 | By Denise Callen
CI Made Easy
Jul 6, 2017 | By Myra Johnson
Spanish teacher East Limestone High School
Jun 25, 2017 | By Lisa King
Big CI Book is Big Help
Jun 10, 2017 | By Ellen Gillespie
May 23, 2017 | By Emeka Debyser
Ben Slavic's Big CI Book
May 21, 2017 | By Sean Lawler
Perhaps the most complete CI book out there.
May 19, 2017 | By Jeff Easthon
Making language work for all students
May 18, 2017 | By leigh anne munoz
I can't get enough CI.
Apr 26, 2017 | By Karen Zaremba
An amazing resource.
Feb 9, 2017 | By Lynne Hendrick
The Big CI
Dec 29, 2016 | By Maria Jewell
Extremely well-designed and complete overview - the encyclopedia of CI skills
Nov 4, 2016 | By Mike Peto
Staff's Response: Hi Mike, Thanks for stopping by to share your experience using The Big CI Book! It's great to hear a seasoned CI teacher finds the material useful. Thanks again. -Kristin
Nov 3, 2016 | By David
Staff's Response: Thanks for the fabulous review David. Appreciate it! Glad to hear you find it helpful.
Nov 2, 2016 | By Kristen Wolf
Staff's Response: Awesome to hear! Thanks for the review Kristen.
A must have
Nov 2, 2016 | By Vanesa
Staff's Response: Hi Vanesa. Thanks for taking the time to review The Big CI Book. It's great to hear you are pleased!