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Dr. Asher's TPR is successful day after day in thousands of language classrooms with students of all ages!

James J. AsherDr. James J. Asher originated the stress-free Total Physical Response approach to second language acquisition which is known internationally as TPR.

Dr. Asher developed the approach in 30 years of research in the laboratory. This research has resulted in TPR being used successfully in thousands of classrooms with children and adults learning languages such as English, Spanish, French, German, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Arabic, Hebrew, and even the sign language of the deaf!

He is a emeritus Professor of Industrial Psychology and former Associate Dean at San Jose State University, the first public institution of higher learning in California, founded in 1857. His undergraduate work was completed at the University of New Mexico, a masters degree and doctorate at the University of Houston, and postdoctoral training at the University of Washington (linguistics), Stanford University (educational research), and the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California (Arabic).

Dr. Asher's research was supported by grants from the Office of Education, the Office of Naval Research, the Department of Defense, and the State of California. He has published many books and more than 100 articles in academic journals including the selections below:

Learning Another Language Through Actions (6th edition).
Brainswitching: Learning on the Right Side of the Brain (2nd edition).
The Super School: Teaching on the Right Side of the Brain (2nd edition).
The Weird and Wonderful World of Mathematical Mysteries - Conversations with famous scientists and mathematicians (2nd edition).
A Simplified Guide to Statistics for Non-Mathematicians (2nd edition).
Original Prize-Winning TPR Research (Booklet and CD) with recommendations for future research.
Brainstorming Kit: Transforming an ordinary committee meeting into a powerful problem solving session. (Booklet and transparencies).

Ideas For Excellence A Conversation with Dr. James J. Asher
After forty years, still a very good idea  by Dr. James J. Asher
The ABC's of TPR  by Dr. Francisco Cabello
Fear of Foreign Languages   by Dr. James J. Asher

He is the recipient of many awards for excellence in teaching, including the highest academic honor of "Outstanding Professor" from San Jose State University, which has a faculty of 1,800 PhDs and 30,000 students. He has demonstrated his world famous, stress-free approach to second language acquisition in more than 500 elementary schools, high schools, and universities from the University of Alaska to the University of Hawaii, and from Stanford University to New York University and Cambridge University, in England. The British Broadcasting Corporation filmed and interview with him for a documentary which is showing on worldwide television and in America on the PBS program Nova. His resume is in the 1996 Who's Who in the West, 1998 Who's Who in Science and Engineering, and 1998 Who's Who in America. Dr. Asher is currently developing novel applications of TPR that enable children and adults to enjoy stress-free understanding of mathematics. For demonstrations, see his books and articles on arithmetic and algebra.

After you have read Dr. Asher's Learning Another Language Through Actions, he would be pleased to answer your questions. His e-mail address is

Ramiro Garcia, author of Instructor's Notebook: How to apply TPR for best results makes the same offer. After reading his book, he is pleased to answer your questions. His e-mail address is

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