Command Performance Language Institute Innovative materials for language learners and language teachers, specializing in: • •TPR • •TPR Storytelling • •Visually-Oriented Teacher Resources
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About Command Performance Language Institute

CPLI publishes dynamic foreign language and ESL materials used by language learners and teachers the world over. Our books, interactive software, CDs, DVDs and teacher volumes, with few exceptions, employ the extraordinarily effective TPR and TPR Storytelling approaches to language acquisition.

Our Spanish, French, German, Russian, Italian and English graded readers for 1st through 4th year (and AP) students are top sellers. The Live Action series of TPR books for English, French, Spanish, German, Italian and Japanese teachers and learners are also very popular. Our Live Action Interactive software programs for English (two programs) and Spanish are student and teacher favorites and have won widespread acclaim for their usability and effectiveness.

CPLI products are in use at elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, colleges and universities throughout the world as well as at the U.S. Defense Language Institute, the Canadian Ministry of Education, the Malaysian Ministry of Education, the University of Kentucky, Middle Tennessee State University, military academies in Turkey and in many other places.

We are headquartered in Berkeley, California, where we would be happy to welcome your visit. It is best to contact us before you visit.

CPLI was founded in 1979 by Contee Seely, who co-authored (with Blaine Ray) Fluency through TPR Storytelling — now considered the bible of the TPR Storytelling (TPRS) method. Drawing on more than 30 years of classroom experience, Contee also co-wrote (with Elizabeth Kuizenga Romijn) the Live Action series of books and TPR Is More Than Commands, a teacher's resource. With a team of language acquisition experts and teachers, he and Elizabeth in turn developed the Live Action Interactive software. An additional ESL software volume, More Live Action English Interactive, is now available.

Pablo Ortega López, also known as POL, has illustrated many of our books. For information, see his website: