Introduction to TPRS

July 26 - 30th, 2021

Course Info

The TPR Storytelling Methodology for second language teaching has been successfully implemented in language classrooms worldwide. This action and story-based methodology quickly develops a core communicative vocabulary for students in a fun, creative way. Chief Atahm School has developed an intensive training program to help language teachers build successful language programs through TPRS. During this institute each participant will be provided with training through lectures, live teacher demonstrations, multimedia, and group activities.

Available for Credit:

NVIT EDU 280: Methods for Teaching Aboriginal Languages(3 credits)


In-Person ($800. inc lunches) or Online ($500.00)

This intensive 5 day course discusses theoretical and practical teaching applications so that teachers can plan and assess their language classrooms. First Nations Language Essentials program by Dr. Kathryn Michel will be used to demonstrate how to plan and teach using stories and actions.This year we will have two options: in-person or online, remote learning via Zoom and live feed.


Accommodation Info Chase and Area


About TPR

Check out these links to learn more about TPR:



TPR Storytelling

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Learn more about ACTF́L:


FN Language Essentials

The introductory course will demonstrate how to teach using the First Nations Language Essentials Level One



Have fun and learn how to teach language

Action-based beginner language teaching

Experienced Teachers - Theory and Practice

Instructors Janice Michel-Billy & Kathryn Michel (shown with Charmayne Jules-middle)

TPR in Action

Students at the Chase Treetop Flyers Zipline

"What a great time I had"

"The TPR Summer Institute classes have provided the necessary skills for becoming an effective, enthusiastic, and confident language teacher. Not to mention what a great time I had meeting a ton of new people, zip lining, river rafting, going for hikes, and out for dinner."

"I really enjoyed learning about other languages"

"These courses gave me tools on learning through actions, speaking, and using various combinations of gestures and questions. It was neat to take these courses with other Nations"

Contact Us

Chief Atahm School
Box 1068, 6371 Chief Jules Dr.
Chase, BC, V0E 1M0
P: (250) 679-8837


Summer Institute 2021

Storytelling Course July 26-30th

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About Us

Chief Atahm School is a Secwepemc immersion school dedicated to the survival of our language, values and culture. We are committed to assisting other communities with their language journeys.