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Teaching Methodologies: Total Physical Response

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Total Physical Response (TPR) is a methodology made famous by James Ashner.  It’s teaching style based on kinestetic learning.  Teachers speak and students respond in some manner physically.

We cover:

  • what TPR is
  • the theory behind TPR and what it’s supposed to do
  • how TPR can be used in your lessons
  • what are the main benefits, claims, and criticisms of the method

We’d love to hear how you use TPR. Post them here or over at the ESL Teacher Talk forums. Ask questions or leave comments about the show.

Thanks for listening!

For more indepth information on TPR see Learning Another Language Through Actions by James Ashner or check out his website at http://www.tpr-world.com/< Game of the Week: Treasure Island

This a game posted at MES-English. You can use it to practice various tenses, ‘There is …/ There are ..’/ various motion verbs/passive tense and more.  Mark also mentions a variation on working with story telling and sequencing events.  It’s a simple single sheet game and very versatile.  It can be done as a pair activity or as a group activity.  For more information check out the Treasure Island page at MES.  Here is the game board.