Total Physical Response (TPR)
Look;I;Can;Talk;by;Blaine;Ray;is;an;ex-ample of this type of approach, which
his videos on You Tube.
With this method, the student acts out
every single expression; language is taught
by involvement with each expression. The
instruction begins with commands that
involve the students’ whole bodies and
whole brains. You might, for example, be-gin;with;this;text:;“Stand;up.;Walk;to;the
Put;the;pig;on;someone’s;head.”;Instruc-tion progresses to include the use of dif-ferent;structures;and;actions,;asking;and
answering questions, all centered on the
commands or phrases given.
This method is highly effective for the
are;that;you;first;need;to;know;the;lan-guage in order to use it, and after a while
students can get burned out on the commands and actions. However, most stu-dents;have;amazing;success;in;remember-ing and using whatever they have learned,
and they enjoy the time spent in class.
Teaching Proficiency Through
Reading and Storytelling (TPRS)
Finally, we arrive at the method that has
transformed my teaching of foreign lan-guage!;This;is;the;maturation;of;the;TPR
method above. A large part of the meth-odology;is;based;in;Jesus’;own;method:
using stories to teach. When you can create an emotional connection to a story or
topic, your students remember it better.
When a student is involved in learning,
he remembers what he has done.
commonly used words in a language and
teach those words in different structures,
in a variety of ways: actions and motions,
asking students questions (mostly yes/
no answers), and changing the questions
the students using the language. Gram-
mar is used in every lesson but is taught
through meaning, not through separa-
tion of the elements of grammar. Once
the structures have been used and under-
stood by everyone, then they are set into
and act out.
This methodology is also based on the
presented in English. Instruction is actually based on the way we acquire language
as children. Let me elaborate: When our
children;say,;“I;runned;fast!”;we;don’t;re-spond: “No, that past tense is incorrect.
The simple past tense form of to run is
input many times until he produces it correctly—because it “sounds right.” Later,
him that ran is the past tense of to run, but
he has already been using it correctly for a
most effective foreign language learning I have ever been a part of. At present,
the homeschool community, both for the
tutor and for the parent (there are videos
for;the;parents;who;don’t;speak;the;lan-guage), but more language courses will be
available soon. Examples of curricula that
use this dynamic approach include Excelerate Spanish by Caryn Hommel, a home-school curriculum with videos; Raconte-moi;encore;by;Gaab,;Placido,;&;André;
Before You Buy
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1.;What method of teaching is used?
2.;In a one-hour class, how would you
spent: hearing the language, repeating, writing, and originating personal thoughts into language?
3.;How is the student learning to
average student attain, and how is
5.;When and how is English used?
6.;What percentage of students advance
to the next level of the language?
But I Already Bought …
What can you do if you have already in-vested;in;a;language;course;and;it;isn’t
you can adapt!
If it uses immersion methodology and
your student has hit the wall, translate it
fun, most effective
learning I have ever
been a part of.