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 http://www.languageimpact.com). 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!
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