The Total Physical Response is an already tested methodology, that proved to be very successful, is very useful at low and beginner levels. It is about the learners to execute a number of instructions, gradually more and more complicated (starting from eg Take the red pen, Walk to the door, to Jump 3 times, Turn around and more difficult such as how to mime a ramshackle sleigh (yes, we mimed the ramshackle sleigh, and the children really got the meaning!)
Using TPR is essential when you are learning a second language, children will combine the new words and phrases to a particular gesture and sound (the pronunciation) and it will become easier firstly to understand and secondily to memorize.
Here below we share our games, gestures and mimes. Feel free to share yours!
- Obstacle game – Polar Express
- Ramshackle sleigh – The Grinch
- Let’s imagine we are little seeds – Veggie Garden