Move It

This is not a post about exercise and sports, not entirely at least.

In trying to find out more about language learning, I came across Total Physical Response, or TPR in short. It is a method of language acquisition that was developed by James Asher. As the name suggests, TPR involves physical movement. It also takes into consideration the activation of the right-brain as well as the reduction of stress.

It remains popular even after all these years, especially in the English as a Second Language (ESL) classrooms. TPR has of course been used in the learning of many other languages and I am particularly interested in its use for Chinese as well as English.

While I have not totally understood the finer points of TPR, the practical examples I gleaned from the internet have been interesting and not totally unfamiliar.

At the Busy Teacher, there are suggestions to use Simon Says, Charades, Songs with movement, and Mime role play.


Ian and Judie have both outlined what appears to be the typical sequence for using TPR in language learning. Judie mentioned that she would record the commands in advance to make it easier and instantly I though of the ease of doing something like that nowadays with a device like iPad and apps like Garage Band.

There is clearly still much for me to learn about TPR, and so I will keep this moving forward. Join me?


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