Advantages Of TPR Method

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There are several types of techniques that can be used in TPR classroom. First and foremost, teacher can give instructions to learners in order to get them to carry out an action. Teacher is responsible to plan the commands which she will bring out in a lesson in advance since Asher advises keeping the rate lively. In the beginning of the lesson, teacher presents the actions together with the learners in order to simplify the meaning. Later on, teacher directs the learners alone. Teacher should not give the instructions in a set of order so that learners do not simply remember the actions in the sequences without connecting to the language. The actions produce by learners show their understanding of the language. (D. Larsen-Freeman, M. Anderson,…show more content…
First, TPR method rises the pace and mood in the classroom. The fun and interesting way of teaching make learners enjoy the language learning process. Learners follow teacher’s commands and practice the actions together. The actions are performed in order to memorize the vocabulary words or phrases. Second, TPR method is suitable to apply in both big and small classes. Teacher gives the orders and learners will follow the instructions by using actions. Therefore, it is no matter to have how many students, as long as teacher prepared the commands in advanced. Third, TPR method involves the use of both right and left brain learning. Right hemisphere activity included acting, physical movement and gesturing. According to Asher, he believes that children acquired language through movement. While they perform the physical movement, the left hemisphere of the brain just observes and learns. Finally, TPR method does not required a lot of preparation and materials. Teachers only necessary to prepare the commands earlier so that the lesson will be well planned and keep the pace lively. Then, teacher will perform the actions with the learners initially and gradually direct the learners alone. (Widodo,…show more content…
So, moving from the advantages of TPR, there are some disadvantages of TPR as well. First, learners might feel awkward because they are not used to such learning method. Learners might feel happy while teacher perform the actions and practice as a whole class. However, they might feel uncomfortable while teacher calls them to perform the actions individually. Second, TPR method is not amenably used to teach everything. It would become repetition if this method is used a lot. TPR method can work better if combined with other methods and techniques as the role of TPR is changing the dynamics and pace of the lessons. Third, TPR method is not proper way to teach abstract vocabulary and expressions. To solve this problem, teacher can present the pictures and write the words on the board if applicable. Besides, TPR can be unproductive if teacher uses it for a long period of time without switching to other activities which help to teach the target language. Learners will feel fed up to the method as well as losing their interest on learning
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