Teaching Through TPR: The Basics


James Asher, a professor of psychology at San Jose State University, California, developed the Total Physical Response (TPR) teaching method which aims to teach language through physical activity. In TPR classes learners listen to commands in the target language and respond with physical actions. Eventually, when learners become familiar and confident with instructions, they can begin to give commands to one another. This teaching approach is very popular nowadays with teachers who are working with young learners as it improves their listening comprehension and appeals to their already active and energetic natures. In this session we will discuss the benefits of using TPR with young learners and take a look at how teachers use this methodology in their lessons.