ESL Teaching Strategies: #1 TPR

Welcome my fellow educators and Chaos Coordinators! Today on the blog I have the first in a series of posts all about ESL teaching strategies. The focus for today is TPR. Let's boogie!


Nancy has a great video for my audio/visual learners all about this strategy. Complete with her own language (hilarious) and a real life example. Check it out:


What is TPR?

Total Physical Response (TPR) is a language teaching method built around the coordination of speech and action; it attempts to teach language through physical (motor) activity. 

TPR combines movement and language together. It is used by both the teacher and the student to increase learning during class time. The student connects the actions to language.

I believe that TPR comes naturally to those teaching language and/or music. When you are trying to encourage understanding and recognition of new words, actions help you explain the meaning without adding to the dialogue. This keeps the student/teacher speaking...

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10 Actionable Steps to Help New Online Teachers

new teachers teacher vipkid Jan 21, 2020

Howdy! It's been a minute but Teacher Steph's here with a post for all the newbies in the house. Can I get a "WOOT! WOOT!" First of all, CONGRATS! You did it! Your contract is signed and you are ready to start teaching those cute students on the other side of the planet. It can be a bit overwhelming as a new teacher so this post is here to help you navigate the new world of being an online ESL teacher. 

I have 10 tips to help new teachers feel empowered as they start their journey as an online teacher. They are based off of this video from teacher Nancy, but the opinions are genuinely my own. Check out her advice in the video by clicking the image below.

Connect with the Teacher Community:

The first 3 tips are all about getting to know your co-workers and future friends. This is a great resource when you have questions about something strange happening in class, getting free resources or seeing popular reward trends. Connecting with other teachers will be a great life line...

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