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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Instructors limit the number of new vocabulary items given to students at any one time. Studies at the University of Texas and elsewhere show that this stunning attrition can be reversed when TPR is a central feature of the language program.

Studies with Spanish, French, German, Japanese, and Russian demonstrate that TPR is “brain compatible,” meaning there is short and long-term retention that is striking and statistically ashwr across studies. The secret is a unique “conversation” between the parent and infant. Teachers who use TPR typically use it together with a variety of other activities and techniques.

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What is TPR – Updated: Immersion and Dual Language

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. From experimental research and trials in hundreds of language classrooms around the world in scores of languages, we know more about how TPR works than any other idea in second language learning.

He has demonstrated his world famous, stress-free approach to second language acquisition in more than elementary schools, high schools, and universities from the University of Alaska to the University of Hawaii, and from Stanford University to New York University and Cambridge University, in England.

Can I use TPR as a non-beginner? Children and adults experience the thrill of immediate understanding when you apply this powerful concept in your classroom.

Total physical response

There are a number xsher specialized TPR teaching products available, including student kits developed by Asher and an interactive CD-ROM for students to practice with privately. As I like to tell instructors around the world, “If you can’t convince students in five minutes that they can actually learn English, Spanish, Arabic or Chinese, you will not convince them even if they stay in your class for a year.


TPR is aptitude-free, working well with a mixed ability class, and with students having various disabilities. Does TPR jamws help students with grammar?

A second reason is that talking and comprehension are located in different parts of the brain. Notice that these “conversations” continue for many, many months before the child utters anything more intelligible than “mommy” or “daddy.

Recently, an instructor in Mongolia told me, “With TPR, my students are internalizing English so fast, I had difficulty keeping up with them. The tool works best in the hands of a skilled and talented instructor.

Silently, the child is internalizing the patterns and sounds of the target language. No matter jamfs exciting and productive the innovation, people will tire of it.

Total physical response – Wikipedia

The infant’s speech will not be perfect, but gradually, the child’s utterances will approximate more and more that of a native speaker. If there is damage to Wernicke’s area, one can speak but has difficulty understanding what others are saying. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. His e-mail address asner tprworld aol. Asher’s third hypothesis is that language learning should not involve any stress, as stress and negative emotions inhibit the natural language-learning process.

Asher saw that most of the interactions that young children experience with parents or other adults combine both verbal and physical aspects. Do this before the student looks at the chapter.

They get excited because they actually understand everything the instructor is saying. Hpr are silent but respond to directions from caretakers and other children. Note that this is exactly how children acquire another language so quickly while living in a foreign country.

The motivation is for fewer students, not more. In a TPR class, the students jamss and perform and perform while the instructor is the director of the play.

How to present a believable sample of the target language Dr. The child responds physically to the speech of the parent, and the parent reinforces the child’s responses through further speech.

If there is damage in Broca’s area, one may understand what people are saying but the person is unable to speak. The sequence is listening before speaking and the mode is to synchronise language with the individual’s body. How to apply TPR for best results makes the same offer. Students enjoy getting out of their chairs and moving around. It will provide you with the basic ashher and philosophy of this superb approach, and will also answer some of the questions most frequently asked by teachers and administrators.


For a detailed review of this research, see my book: Blaine Ray, a Spanish language teacher, added stories to TPR to help students acquire non-physical language, creating the foundation of the method known as Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling TPRS built on Stephen Krashen ‘s theories of language acquisition. To get a fast start, try these books: Learning Another Language Through Actions. If TPR is applied skillfully by elementary school teachers, students can graduate from the 8th grade understanding two, three or four languages which can be further “polished” in high school bringing students to fluency.

Traditional textbooks, in my opinion, are notorious for trying unsuccessfully to force understanding of abstractions before students are ready. 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 jmaes. Students of all ages including adults, suddenly come to life.

The tool can be used at all levels to help students internalize new vocabulary and grammatical features. The tendency then is to imagine that TPR is a panacea to solve all problems. Students respond to these commands with physical actions. According to Asher, TPR lesson plans should ahser the detailed commands that the teacher intends to use. Learning Another Language Through Actions 5th ed. Notice that when children acquire their first language, they become fluent native speakers at a concrete level of discourse; then gradually jajes abstractions in context or by asking direct questions such as: TPR research opened up the concept that for children and adults acquiring another language in school, success can be assured if comprehension is developed before speaking.