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: 11th April 2005


This is an action research of the use of Total Physical Response to engage pupils in year
2 to learn vocabulary. James Asher (1977), the developer of Total Physical Response (TPR),
actually began experimenting with TPR in the 1960s with the idea of building a method of
language teaching on the principle of psychomotor associations. Asher (1977) noted that
children, in learning their first language, appear to do a lot of listening before they speak, and
that their listening is accompanied by physical responses. This approach used in teaching
directions as the target language both in cycle 1 and cycle 2. The intervention was successful in
cycle 2 which reward system increased pupils extrinsic motivation. Researcher believed that
Total Physical Response allowed pupils to learn actively, fun and less-threatening. There are
several methods to collect data for this research which are interview, observation and journal
entries. Results collected based on the data collection methods show positive improvement in
their mastering of English vocabulary.