What is unique about Charo y Lee?
• Culture is built into the stories. It is not a side topic.
• Stories are in present tense, but later the characters write about what happened in the past tense. Natural usage of tenses promotes their acquisition. Level two uses mostly past tense but much of the dialog is in the present tense. Tenses come naturally in a conversational approach.
• The curriculum is written for public high school students, but there are suggestions for other applications such as adult education and private schools.
• The book is filled with numerous ideas on what to say to generate teacher talk: Personalized questions, jokes, anecdotes, historical tidbits, etc.
• There are crazy stories, stories with mild humor and even a few serious stories to give some variety. Teachers can choose what type of story works best for their classes.
• The book includes all tests and quizzes ready to go. Teachers won’t have to spend time creating assessments and can concentrate on teaching.
• Assessments cover all 5 foreign language skill areas and address Bloom’s taxonomy.
• The book has worksheets and homework possibilities for students. Assignments are designed to lead to more exploration of the language and are not busy work.
• Readers follow the vocabulary of the curriculum, but can be stand-alone readers as well. Pío Pista is written in a unique way: From the first person perspective. Each reader has essentially 5 stories in one.
• Songs accompany the series. There are 5 duets featuring Charo y Lee for each level. Plus there are some cultural songs included as a bonus.
• Check out the online resources offered on this website. There is great online support.
A natural, cultural approach
About the Author:
Michael Miller was born and raised in California. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in German and Spanish at California State University, Fullerton. He taught Spanish at Lexington Jr. High School in Cypress, California for over four years. He moved to Colorado in 1993 where he has taught German and Spanish at Cheyenne Mountain Jr. High School in Colorado Springs. He has taught TPRS® since 1996 and authored the Sabine und Michael German TPRS® curriculum in 1999. He received his Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs in 2001. Michael authored the Charo y Lee Spanish TPRS® curriculum in 2009. In 2013 Michael led his school to be named a German Center of Excellence by the AATG. Michael has served as the A/V chairman for NTPRS for many years and is sought after for workshops and training.