In the first part of this book, psychologist James Asher, the inventor of TPR, writes about how TPR came to be and how it has developed. He shows which research led him on the path of combining language acquisition with physical movements, which experiments he has done with this new approach to language learning and the conclusions he drew from those experiments.
Part two treats the results of research on the application of TPR itself, and the effect it has on motivation of language students and the process of their language acquisition. In this part of the book, Asher asks the question of why TPR works so well, and offers a possible explanation for that.
After an extensive FAQ section, Asher continues with a guide for teaching with TPR. This section includes issues like "How to orient and motivate the students", "How to cope with the fast-moving pace" and "How to increase your sense of timing". This fourth part occupies the greater part of the book, and moves from more general TPR instructions to specific cases, like for example working with the past tense, places, the verb 'to be' and emotions. Also, you will find topics like reading, writing and role play. And in this seventh, expanded edition, Asher has added an overview of recent neuro scientific research that supports TPR.
A must-read for every language teacher who works with Total Physical Response!
TPR focuses on a natural way of language acquisition, and on developing a fluent understanding and use of the target language in connected discourse.
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