What is TPR?

I call this stress-free language learning tool, the Total Physical Response, known worldwide as TPR. Language-body conversations, the basis of TPR, is the most powerful tool in your box of linguistic tools. It will not solve all problems, but it will prepare your students for a successful transition to speaking, reading and writing. It has stood “the test of time” for over 50 years in thousands of language classrooms worldwide.

Here is a reading suggestion:



TPR Storytelling Guide

A Simplified Guide to TPR Storytelling for Students of All Ages
by Dr. Francisco L. Cabello – Concordia College Moorhead, Minnesota

Author of “The Total Physical Response in the First Year”

“I would like to share with you my successful experience with storytelling. To illustrate, I am using the very first story called the Hungry Dog that appears in the marvelous books called TPR Storytelling by Todd McKay. The pattern will also work for Blaine Ray’s Look, I Can Talk books or stories that you create yourself.”


Withdrawal from Grammar

Withdrawal from Grammar – Translation to TPR: A Personal Testimony
By Mary J. G. Harris – 
Spanish-English Instructor at Fairfield High School

“TPR, the Total Physical Response teaching strategy, has been mentioned in language learning circles enough for instructors to know that is not a mind-altering drug; however, it is mind altering. It has caused a radical change in how I teach beginning Spanish.”