2019 Conference & AGM


 09.30-10.00 Registration and Coffee

10.00-10.10 President’s welcome

10.10-10.30 Paul Collins, Examination & Assessment Manager, SEC and Chief Examiner for Spanish

10.30-10.50 Dr Catherine Leen, Head of Latin American Studies, Maynooth University-  An Introduction to Gabriel García Márquez

10.50-11.20 Coffee break and viewing of stands

11.20-11.45 Karla McNamara Medina, M. Litt. – Presentation of resources for the new prescribed literature text  ‘Relato de un Náufrago’

11.45-12.30 Liam Printer, An introduction to Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling (TPRS) Session 1

12.30-13.00 AGM and nomination of new committee members

13.00-14.00 Lunch (Gusto restaurant) and viewing of stands

14.00 – 14.05 Presentation of Becas from Asociación de Español en Andulucía  (EAA)

14.05-14.50 JCT presentation on CBA2.

14.50-15.40 Liam Printer, TPRS, Session 2

15.40-15.45 Raffle of prizes and closing address


Queridos colegas,


Thank you all so much for being such a wonderful and receptive audience. For TPRS to really work it requires buy-in from everyone and you were all fantastic as 'mi clase'. A special thank you to our awesome actors who brought our mini story to life: Gerardo el guapo, Lucía and Señora Reloj (Lady Gaga!).


  • Click here to access my presentation. Once open, click 'File --> Download' to download it as a powerpoint. It is also available on my website: https://www.liamprinter.com/presentations--workshops.html
  • Attached is a PDF with some links to resources, webpages and blogs I spoke about.
  • Click here to complete my short feedback form if you have 3 minutes to spare! I'd really appreciate it!
  • Here are three sample story scripts to get you started. Some sentences may sound 'unnatural' but the idea is that they are 100% comprehensible with lots of repetition. Feel free to make a copy and edit them. Remember that 'LESS is more' though! If you spot any errors or typos please let me know, these were co-created with students so might have some mistakes!


Try out one thing this week:

Diving straight into a story can feel daunting and scary. And don't be put off if you think it is a total failure the first time. It takes practice and time to succeed, like everything! I would, however, encourage all of you to try even 1 or 2 of the CI (Comprehensible Input) strategies we did on Saturday. Just see how it goes and enjoy talking to your students, having them focus on meaning and listening. Learn about their lives and make them the centre of the lesson, then watch how they acquire new language and structures naturally without any studying or 'learning'.


Keep in touch:

Please feel free to contact me with any questions you have or if you want some advice on your first story. I endeavour to get back to any emails from colleagues within 24 hours, just maybe not on a weekend! I would love to hear about your journey and how your students react to it.


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