TPR stands for Total Physical Response and was created by Dr. James J Asher. It is based upon the way that children learn their mother. I am inserting some excellent information written by Dr. James , the originator of TPR. It will provide you with the basic concepts and philosophy of this. Most of the studies reported in this article were supported by a research contract from the Personnel and Training Branch of the Office of Naval Research.

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He says that left-hemisphere learning should be avoided, and that the left hemisphere needs a great deal of experience of right-hemisphere-based input before natural speech can occur. TPR creates facts which make for long-term comprehension. Asher sees developing listening comprehension skills as the most efficient way of developing spoken language skills.

He is the recipient of many awards for excellence in teaching, including the highest academic honor of “Outstanding Professor” from San Jose State University, which has a faculty of 1, PhDs and 30, students. Instructors are perceived by their students as “miracle workers. Is TPR a method, an approach or a tool? How to do this successfully is not obvious to most instructors.

Excellent guidelines to keep in mind for teaching any subject come from Leslie Hart who calls left brain learning “brain antagonistic” instruction while right brain learning is “brain compatible” instruction. Methods in the comprehension approach emphasize the importance of listening to language development, and do not require spoken output in the early stages of learning.

About The Originator Dr. Beware of “brain overload” When the instructor in traditional classes asks students to “Listen and repeat after me! A student asked this question on my e-mail. How to apply TPR for best results makes the same offer.


Best wishes for continued success, James J Asher, Ph. The first objective in any excellent language program is enabling students to be comfortable and confident with the sounds, the grammatical patterns, and semantics of the new language. Why have college and university teacher trainers underestimated the value of TPR? After forty years, still a very good idea By James J. Especially for students in elementary and middle school. While drills using the imperative are the mainstay of total physical response classes, teachers can use other activities as well.

Traditional programs in both math and foreign languages share a common flaw, in my judgment.

Here is what we jzmes know: As students progress in ability the teacher may begin to use objects found in the classroom such as furniture or books, and later may use word charts, pictures, and realia. Note from Berty Segal Zsher The motivation is for fewer students, not more. Specifically, Asher says that learners best internalize language when they respond with physical movement to language input. Student-created skits, which they write and act out, xsher another transition.

Remember, the earlier we start internalizing other languages, the higher the chances of acquiring a near-native or even a native accent in each of those languages. Unfortunately, translation does not help most students because there is no long-term understanding. Total physical response lessons typically use a wide variety of realia, posters, and props.

Any novelty, if carried on too long, will trigger adaptation. Learning Another Language Through Actions 6th edition.

What is TPR – Updated: Immersion and Dual Language

Commands, not Control” William J. Jammes, use it in the beginning to catapult students into the target language, then withdraw the technique and save it for future use downstream in training. I am embarrassed to tell you that I was jealous of their achievements and wanted to experience the same success in learning Mongolian Grammar is not taught explicitly but can be learned from the language input.

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It has stood “the test of time” for over 50 years in thousands of language classrooms worldwide. EF English Proficiency Index. In a TPR class, the students perform and perform and perform while the instructor is the director of the play.

It actually happened; therefore, I can store this in long-term memory. Math education is even more challenging than foreign language education because, in the USA, we spend more on remedial mathematics than all other forms of math education combined. There is little error correction in TPR. Instead, teachers wait until students acquire enough jamrs through listening that they start to jammes spontaneously.

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To break language apart into artificial categories such as phonology, vocabulary, grammar and semantics is of keen interest to teachers, but of no concern to students because in the process of achieving fluency with TPR, they internalize everything simultaneously with no analysis, in the same way that children acquire their first language.

Learning on the Right Side of the Brain 2nd edition. The tendency then is to imagine that TPR is a panacea to solve all problems.