Total Physical Response (TPR) is a key feature in many second-language classrooms, especially with Beginners, and my room is no different.
I thought readers might find it useful if I pulled together a few useful related resources.
To begin with, here are three previous related “Best” lists:
The Best “When I Say Jump” Online Sites For Practicing English (this site has a few tools where students can take control by commanding online characters to do what they want them to do. Most of the original sites on that list are off-line now, but there still are a few – let me know if you are aware of others).
One of the best sites on the Web for learning English is Henny Jellema’s Online TPR Exercises — You’ve got to see this site to believe it. I can’t imagine the amount of work that went into creating the exercises. However, as he cautions, it’s critical to combine using his online activities with physical TPR lessons.
Now, here are a few resources for just plain good-old TPR that I think offer particularly useful materials and ideas:
Here’s a simple introduction to the method from The British Council.
This link also has a list of words.
Making Learning Stick: Total Physical Response is by Valentina Gonzalez.
Reverse physical stories is an interesting twist on TPR.
Total Physical Response: Learning through Action! is by Valentina Gonzalez.