Dr. James J. Asher : Originator of TPR, The Total Physical Response
Guidance from Dr. James J. Asher
Recently, John Fruth, a doctoral candidate at St. Cloud State University, asked me, “What advice do you have for international schools sponsored by the U.S. Department of State? This is a two year intensive English language program that operates in 85 counties with over 200,000 alumni.” My advice was quite simple: TPR is the only science-based approach that is successful for 50 years in thousands of language classrooms around the world.
Step 1 is to read my book, Learning Another Language Through Actions. (7th edition). You will discover the background for the breakthrough in learning languages, the follow-up scientific research, most- frequently- asked questions, and successful classroom-tested lessons.
Step 2 is to invite one or more of our TPR experts such as Todd McKay and Dr. David Wolfe to demonstrate TPR in multiple languages.
Step 3 is “hands-on” workshops for instructors.
Another hint: The secret of success in stress-free language acquisition is all about skillfully working each hemisphere of the student’s brain. Knowing how each brain hemisphere works will move the needle dramatically in the direction of success for any teacher of any skill including languages and mathematics (which is also a foreign language).
Good luck! You are on the right track.