Phase 1A: Lesson 6 (English)

Actions and Body Parts

Curriculum created by Greg and Angela Thompson

Session 6 at-a-Glance

The way a language refers to "I, you, he, she, they," etc. is at the core of any language, and hence it was introduced in Session 1: "Where am I? Where are you?", etc. We'll build on yesterday's activities with words like, "my, your, our...". In addition, we'll include forms for "him, her,..." as in "Touch him, pat her..."

The Value Of TPR

In using TPR, certain actions are useful in that they can be used with many nouns allowing the nouns themselves to be experienced in multiple contexts. These include "pick up, put down, drop, throw, touch, draw, push, pull, hold, point to, look at, show me, give me." Other actions fit in nicely as essential, basic vocabulary: "wash, open, break," etc., etc. (See Reid Wilson's list of actions appropriate for TPR at the website Some of the activities today may not seem to be of much "communicative value". How often do you tell people to pat other people? However, TPR is an extremely useful technique for learning many aspects of the language, and by patting one another, we can start understanding important forms or arrangements of words!

Your Instructor

Joshua Cropsey
Joshua Cropsey

Bringing people together through language, culture, and compassion is my calling!


B.A. Bible

Masters of Divinity

Masters in TESOL


*Certification in TESOL

*(Growing Participator Approach) Teacher Trainer Certification (80 hours)

*TOEFL Test Center Administrator Certification

*IELTS Marking Certification; IELTS Examiner Certification


Public Speaking (25 years)

Teaching English as a second language (10+ years)

Academic Director at an adult ESL center

*Academic English *Business English *TOEFL prep. *IELTS prep. *Medical Engish *Legal English *on-line English courses *Private English classes

TOEFL test center administrator/ Proctor

IELTS invigilator; marking; examiner

Languages Studied:

English, Arabic, French, Spanish, Biblical Greek, Biblical Hebrew

Course Curriculum

  Lesson Plan
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  1: GPs and the Nurturer as objects , Use known nouns with new actions to learn the new actions (TPR)
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  2: GPs do things to one another and to the Nurturer (TPR) (descriptions)
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  3: Body parts—yours, mine, etc. (TPR)
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  4: doing actions to body parts possessed by people(TPR)
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  5: using the furniture (TPR)
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  6: (Lexicarry)
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