Karen Rowan

Karen Rowan is a published author and speaker on teaching and learning languages.

She began teaching Spanish using Comprehension-Based Methods in 1996. For more than 20 years she has trained teachers all over the world, including three years training English teachers in the Turkish military.

​She has taught students in elementary school, middle school, high school and college as well as adults using methods like TPR Storytelling, Total Physical Response and Reader’s Theater.

​She is the author of Las aventuras de Isabela, a short novel for language learners set in Guanajuato, Mexico. It has been translated into English, Spanish, Russian and Italian.

​The second book in the series, Isabela captura un congo, expands on the basic vocabulary in the first book and is set in Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica. The story explores the problems facing howler monkeys as more and more people move to Costa Rica. It has been translated into French and English.

​Carl no quiere ir a México is also set in Guanajuato, Mexico. It tells the story of a young boy whose mother decides they are moving to México for a year.

Don Quijote: El último caballero is a simplified version of The Quixote. Half in past tense and half in present, it tells entertaining, well-known tales like Don Quijote and Sancho Panza attacking the windmills. It has been translated into English, French and Latin.

​Her newest book, El callejón del beso, is based on a legend from Mexico. It uses more complex grammatical structures and vocabulary.

​Karen has been the editor of IJFLT, The International Journal of Foreign Language Teaching, since 2004. She is also the author of the TPR Storytelling ancillaries for Pearson/Prentice Hall’s Paso a paso and Realidades textbooks.

​Her presentations and teaching are based on the work of Dr. Stephen Krashen and Blaine Ray, inventors of TPRS.


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