TPR/Airbrushing

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4 thoughts on “TPR/Airbrushing”

  1. The most “to” I did last year was playing Simon says as a brain brain. The purpose was to just play. Embedded gestures to me are used within a story to establish meaning. For example a new verb comes up that I Know will be used in the future. So I quickly make a gesture myself then move on and start using it. We shouldn’t require the kids to so it. It’s there if they need it. I’ll do it regardless.

  2. I’m sure we’re all like this, but I’m always tinkering with my classes. They are never the same twice. This summer quarter I am using TPR in my Spanish I class, and I think it’s really helping comprehension.
    My reasoning to include it was simple: When I learned Spanish as a high school student (my teacher used tons of stories, and I’m convinced he went to a TPRS workshop), I found TPR to be an incredibly useful tool. I can still remember most of the gestures we made up for different words all these years later (I can even picture where I was sitting in the classroom when we made up the gesture).
    My implementation: I’ve got a 90 minute class, four days per week. I spend 10 minutes on Monday going over a short list (~20 words pulled from the story we are going to make up and read) and they make up the gestures. Tuesday-Thursday we spend 5 minutes out of 90 going over the words and gestures.
    I will agree, though, that it’s not as natural as the way I teach my son. We just talk and laugh and acquisition happens over time.
    Sadly, my college students only have 8 weeks to be ready to move on to Spanish II. What we do at the college level is borderline insane (pero eso es otro cuento).

  3. Alisa Shapiro-Rosenberg

    I don’t think I- and I certainly hope I don’t – interrupt the meaning with a chunk of decontextualized TPR. To my mind my TPR is laid in to support meaning; attaching a concrete gesture adds another foundational pillar of support to meaning, and simultaneously provides a fun sensory break/stim while my young learners are trying to negotiate meaning. I have noticed that when a kid is voluntarily occasionally fumbling for a word, providing the gesture helps shorten the distance to their mouth! It’s a device like a mnemonic – it can trigger the word.

    1. In my experience elemetary school kids (year 1 – 4) enjoy moving around a lot. I did quite some action series in my fourth grade with the help of a TPR-tape and they kept asking for more. For them it’s play acting and bc of the previous years of verbal input they easily understand or can gues and in case of an understanding-emergency, I can always help.

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