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Frequently Asked Questions


Q. What is TPR?

A. TPR works like this: The instructor utters a direction and the student responds with a physical action. For example, "Smile" "Don't sit down." "Take my hand." "Pick up your pencil and put it on your desk." I call these unique transactions, language-body conversations.These Language-body conversations, are the basis of TPR.

Q. Who is Dr. James J. Asher?

A. James J Asher, Ph.D is the originator of the Total Physical Response, known worldwide as TPR. Dr. Asher has demonstrated TPR at more than 500 elementary, secondary schools and universities around the world, including a 1983 lecture tour in Japan sponsored by JALT. He is the recipient of many awards for excellence in teaching and research. He is an emeritus professor of psychology and former associate dean at San Jose State University in San Jose, California.