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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Instructor’s Notebook Order book here. If there is damage in Broca’s area, one may understand what people are awher but the person is unable to speak.

Here is the answer: The process is visible when we observe how infants internalize their first language.

TPR: About The Originator, James J. Asher

The caretakers utter a direction and the infant responds with a physical action. Asher made three hypotheses based on his observations: Asher 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.

After ten to twenty hours of TPR instruction, role reversal is one way to make the transition students assume the role of instructor to direct you and other students. The tool works best in the hands of a skilled and talented instructor.

The smaller the class size, the less one’s workload.

These features are of limited utility to the learner, and can lead to a learner appearing rude when attempting to use their new language. That can be accomplished with students of all ages including adults using concrete nouns, adjectives, verbs, prepositions, and adverbs.

There is little error correction in TPR. How to apply TPR for best results 4th edition. In TPR, instructors give commands to students in the target language with body movements, and students respond with whole-body asger.

How to apply TPR for best results. I Berty Segal Cook have added some related incidental comments. No matter how exciting and productive the innovation, people will tire of it. In a traditional language program, principals screen “low” academic students from foreign language classes under the assumption that, “They simply can’t do it! Teachers jamed not have to limit themselves to TPR techniques to teach according to the principles of the total physical response method.


As a TPR class progresses, group activities and descriptions can extend basic TPR concepts into full communication situations.

Asher recommends tpg teachers focus on meaning and physical movement to avoid stress. Why comprehension is important 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. Ask your tutor to comb the textbook for all nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, etc that can be handled with TPR.

Physical movement is controlled primarily janes the right hemisphere, and Asher sees the coupling of movement with language comprehension as the key to language acquisition.

Total physical response – Wikipedia

The first is that the brain is naturally predisposed to learn language through listening. 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. Additionally, the nature of TPR places an unnaturally heavy emphasis on the use of jaes imperative moodthat is to say commands such as sit down and stand up.

Does TPR really help students with grammar? Contrary to the widely-held belief that children have a linguistic advantage over adults, studies with Spanish, Russian, and Japanese show that when adults play the game of learning another language on a “level playing field” with children, adults consistently outperform children, except for pronunciation.

The second of Asher’s hypotheses is that effective language learning must engage the right hemisphere zsher the brain. t;r

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 saher 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. Recently, an instructor in Mongolia told me, “With TPR, my students are internalizing English so fast, I had difficulty keeping up with them.


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 asjer “brain compatible” instruction. Handbook of Undergraduate Second Language Education. The problem with translation is that the instructor has made an assertion which the critical left brain of the student perceives as a “lie”.

TPR creates facts which make for long-term comprehension. Routledge Encyclopedia of Language Teaching and Learning. Here is an example of how the student’s brain is processing information at lightning speed: Asher originated the stress-free Total Physical Response approach to second language acquisition which is known internationally as TPR.

Total physical response

Specifically, Asher says that learners best internalize language when they respond with physical movement to language input. After reading his book, he is pleased to answer your questions. TPR is a powerful alternative to translation because we create experiences in the classroom that are “believable.

It is a means of quickly recognizing meaning in the language being learned, and a means of passively learning the structure of the language itself. The sequence is listening before speaking and the mode is to synchronise language with the individual’s body. Children and adults experience the thrill of immediate understanding when you apply iames powerful concept in your classroom. Total physical response is aasher a teaching technique and a philosophy of language teaching. The motivation is for fewer ashwr, not ashee.

Once the students are into Role Reversal they can begin to see the words and go into Speaking, Reading, Writing 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.