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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The Weird and Wonderful World of Mathematical Mysteries – Conversations with famous scientists and mathematicians 2nd edition. Best wishes for continued success, James J Asher, Ph. The problem with translation is that the instructor has made an assertion which the critical left brain of the student perceives as a “lie”. Way back inI demonstrated a powerful linguistic tool in a pioneer experiment using the Japanese language with my research associate, Dr.

Something exciting happens when teachers use language-body conversations in the classroom. Then use that understanding to switch to speaking, reading, and writing.

Academic aptitude is a negligible factor when TPR is applied by a skilled and talented teacher. Asher advises teachers to treat learners’ mistakes the same way a parent would treat their children’s.

What is TPR – Updated: Immersion and Dual Language

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.

Teaching materials are ashwr compulsory, and for the very first lessons they may not be used. Learning Another Language Through Actions.

TPR is magical to jump start people of all ages into the target language. But, this requires a conservative application of this powerful tool.

After puberty, students can still acquire another language but most all will have some accent even if they live for fifty years in another country where the language is spoken. It works like this: Is TPR a method, an approach or a tool? 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.


Everywhere on earth in all languages throughout history, there is no instance of infants acquiring speaking before comprehension.

Language-body conversations As I have demonstrated in published experiments with children and adults learning Spanish, French, German, Russian and Japanese: Asher developed the approach in 30 years of research in the laboratory.

There are a number of specialized TPR teaching products available, including student kits developed by Asher and an interactive CD-ROM for students to practice with privately. I think that colleges and universities have been frankly negligent in not training future language teachers to be highly proficient in the handling of jamfs powerful tool. The Modern Language JournalVol.

TPR is a confidence-builder. With TPR, students understand grammar in the jamed brain but cannot tell you how grammar works.

Total physical response

Well then, if comprehension is important, how about using translation to help students comprehend? The first order of business 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. Therefore, there is little interest in a powerful tool that will attract and retain hundreds of students in the language program.

Total physical response is an example of the comprehension approach to language teaching. Additionally, the nature of TPR places an unnaturally heavy emphasis on the use of the imperative moodthat is to say commands such as sit down and stand up. Because of its participatory approach, TPR may also be a useful alternative teaching strategy for students with dyslexia or related learning disabilities, who typically experience difficulty learning foreign languages with traditional classroom instruction.

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When the child has decoded enough of the target language, speaking appears spontaneously. Recently, an instructor in Mongolia told me, “With TPR, my students are internalizing English so fast, I had difficulty keeping up with them. Since that time, scores of language classes using TPR in countries around the world have enjoyed successful results for students acquiring European, Asian, Indian and Semitic languages. Asher hypothesizes that speech develops naturally and spontaneously after learners internalize the target language through input, and that it should not be forced.

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Asher sees developing listening comprehension skills as the most efficient way of developing spoken language skills. I am speculating but I believe it works like this: As a TPR class progresses, group activities and descriptions can extend basic TPR concepts into full communication situations.

How to make the transition to speaking, reading, and writing? For more on right-left brain research discoveries in more than 4, studies, read my books: According to Asher, TPR lesson plans should contain the detailed jaes that the teacher intends to use.

The only caveat is that if the language training starts after puberty, the probability is almost certain that one will have at least some accent in speaking the second language, no matter how many years one lives in the foreign country.

Asher recommends that teachers focus on meaning and physical movement to avoid janes. Grammar is not taught explicitly but can t;r learned from the language input.