I was wondering if people incorperate TPR into their lessons?
There are a lot of benefits to its use. There is a lot of research showing it to be one of the fastest ways to learn a language, especially in early stages. It also tends to show benefits in all areas of language development. It also works especially well for slower learners.
On the negative side it can be rather draining for students to have commands barked at them. This being mostly based on the imperative, makes its use rather limited. Also many adult learners can find it silly.
As the main method of learning I feel its bad but I find it really useful when mixed with other approaches. I normally like to use it for the first 5 or so minutes of class with vocab and grammar that will be used in later activities.
What do you guys think about it?
Just in case someone doesn't know.
TPR is a language instruction used with movement. An instructor says commands, demonstrates those commands, then the students perform the commands.
I find the topic very interesting as I'm a teacher for nine-year old kids. I have to teach them English as their native language is French . So I try to include TPR into my English lessons . It's a great tool and it helps them a lot to build vocabulary and helps them also to interact and communicate with their classmates and me .
I assume this discussion is open to learners. I also think TPR a great tool, but best suited for the classroom and limited in application rather than a complete method. I don't often get a chance to use it, being a self learner.