CPLI Command Performance Books 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

Since 1979 CPLI has been publishing world 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 TPRS (TPR Storytelling—Teaching Proficiency Through Reading and Storytelling) and TPR (Total Physical Response) approaches to language acquisition—both based on CI (comprehensible input). We publish the key teacher guides for both approaches—Fluency Through TPR Storytelling (TPRS) by Blaine Ray, the originator of TPRS, and Contee Seely and TPR Is More Than Commands by Contee Seely and Elizabeth Kuizenga Romijn.

Our Spanish, French, German, Russian, Italian and English graded readers for 1st through 4th year (and AP) students are top sellers. In 1998 we published the very first of this genre, Casi se muere by Blaine Ray, in Spanish. In 1979 we began publishing the Live Action series of TPR books for ESL/ELL, French, Spanish, German, Italian and Japanese teachers and learners. 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.   English books are now available through our partner, Spring Book Center.

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.

 Headquartered in Berkeley, California, we now ship books from our Denver, Colorado office. Contact us at 510-524-1191 or info@cpli.net.

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

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