Total Physical Response, or TPR, was created by American Psychologist Dr. James Asher and is based on how people learn their first language. When children acquire their native language, their parents are very physically involved in teaching that language. They demonstrate and instruct, and the child responds. Small children don’t speak at all, but they start with comprehending.
Therefore, we acquire our first language, rather than learn it as we do additional languages. TPR copies this process and creates a neural link between speech and action. This pairs movement and language which is innately associated with effective learning.