Tpr and Abstraction

Topics: Linguistics, Language, Language acquisition Pages: 4 (953 words) Published: August 13, 2013
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ESSAY ON A RESEARCH-BASED STRATEGY FOR ELL’S
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The Journal of the Imagination in Language Learning
A publication for language teachers at all levels, K-12 through College Clyde Coreil, Ph.D. Editor, Program in English as a Second Language How to TPR Abstractions:
The critical role of imagination
James J. Asher, Ph.D.

Submitted by: Anabel Camacho Cuevas

To: Ms. Alba Salterio

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Essay on Research
How to TPR Abstractions:
The critical role of imagination
By James J. Asher, Ph.D.

The research begins by clarifying that acquiring any language from one's native language to other languages does not begin with production; it begins with a long period of silence, which for an infant, lasts for months. During this silent period, the child is decoding the noises coming from the mouths of caretakers. The decoding is not achieved with "translation" from one language into another but with what he calls "language-body" conversations. At some point in the decoding process, when enough of the linguistic map, showing how the target language works, has been internalized, production is triggered. Of course, speaking will not be perfect. There will be many, many distortions, but gradually, the child's utterances will match the native speaker. For the purposes of this assignment the main strategy to work on was TPR. TPR is a powerful linguistic tool that results in instant success for students and the teacher. The instructor is so thrilled by the excitement of students learning in chunks rather than word-by-word that TPR becomes an all-purpose tool that is used continually day after day. The powerful tool of TPR is best applied to introduce new vocabulary and new grammatical features at any level. Then make a switch by using the new items in a different activity such as storytelling, dialogues, games, or a pattern drill. Again, start by...
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