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החלק הראשון של השיעור היה כל in הורה תאילנדית. גורם לי להרגיש מאוד לא נוח, טיפש, ועזב את המקום מבלי מה לעשות.

לאחר מכן השתמשו TPR שיטת למידה. אני אוהב את שיטת לימוד שפה. זה באותה
גישה נהגנו ללמוד Madrian בשנחאי ואני מוצא את זה כל כך קל יותר ללמוד

סה”כ TPR משמעו פיסיקלית Response. כשאתה ללמוד שפה יש לך
תגובה פיזית המשויכים עם כל מילה. אתה לא להתמקד אך vocab על השפה, על
סיפורים קצרים, ועל המוניטין שלו.

נאלצתי תאי שני שיעורים בביתי
באמצעות שיטות מסורתיות של עובר א vocab הספר ולמידה vocab מילים … בסך
הכל 3 שעות של למידה. בתוך 45 דקות לקחת את זה בכיתה באמצעות שיטת TPR יש
לי יותר מאשר הכפילה את כמות תאי אני יודע.

אני אוהב את לימוד שפה עם TPR. זה הגיוני ואתה להרים את השפה ואת הצלילים מקצבים של השפה הרבה יותר מהר אז מנסה לשנן מילים בספר.

(The above is the same below translated into Hebrew. Google Translator doesn’t have Thai. But it might as well be Thai to me.)

The first part of the class was instructed in all Thai. Making me feel very uncomfortable, stupid, and left not knowing what to do.

We then used the TPR method of learning. I love this method for learning a language. It’s the same approach we used to learn Mandrian in Shanghai and I find it so much easier to learn a language.

TPR stands for Total Physical Response. When you learn a language you have a physical response associated with each word. You do not focus on vocab but on the language, on short stories, and on reputation.

I have had two Thai lessons at my house using traditional methods of going through a vocab book and learning vocab words…a total of 3 hours of learning. In the 45 minutes of taking this class using the TPR method I have more than doubled the amount of Thai I know.

I love learning the a language with TPR. It makes sense and you pick up the language sounds and rhythms of the language much faster then trying to memorize words in a book.

I started blogging in 2005 and found it such a powerful way to reflect and share my thinking about technology, this generation, and how we prepare students for their future not our past.


  1. How fortunate you are to be able to work and teach in different countries. Having attended the Learn2.008 conference, I am quite certain that International schools are a wonderful place to be in and just wish that I was younger and could take up those opportunities. Learning the language of that country and immersing in its culture, I would think would be essential for full appreciation of the experience. Good on you for learning the languages and glad that there are methods that will succeed quickly.

  2. Jeff, did you know that the man that invented TPR was a teacher in Earl’s high school in Ontario, Oregon. His name is Blaine Ray. We ran into him in Manila when we were there with Andy and Amanda for a conference. Imagine our surprise when we were walking down the hall in the Shangrila and there he was. It is indeed a very, very small world.

    Hope and D are well. I here she was taking care of Maddie and Amelia while a/a were in Thailand.

    Barbara Torris

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