TPR Method

The acronym T.P.R. literally means Total Physical Response – a method to help with foreign language learning by employing a “physical” approach rather than the traditional form of language courses (frontal lecture).

We identify the main interests of each student using an interview to identify their passions and what makes them feel fulfilled.

To accomplish this, we will “channel” students towards the various packages we offer.

If your passion is beach tennis, your U.S. experience will be heavily based on playing beach tennis. If you’re passionate about technology, we will ensure that you can dedicate as much time as possible to activities related to the use of technological equipment, as well dancing etc.

In all cases, the activities will have a single “core or objective”—the teaching of English—which you’ll have to learn, manage and make your own in order to make the most of your passion.

You will be constantly accompanied by our Activity Leaders and Group Trainers who will take care of your needs and support you by meeting your expectations for your study-holiday.

All the activities offered have been designed to develop one or more language skills.

New American friends who share your interests and passions will help you improve your vocabulary.

Do you wanna party?

Study is not only made of commitment and dedication but also of moments of leisure and relaxation. On this study-trip you will also be able to choose how to spend your evenings (night clubs, fashion shows, bowling, theme dinners, Karaoke, shopping nights, etc.)

Just to give you some ideas, so you can begin to imagine what your experience with us in the United States will be like, below is the link to the list of activities proposed by the CRUNCH gym, which we work with, especially for the T.P.R. PRACTICE.

CRUNCH GYMS – Miami Class description

Among the many activities, you will undoubtedly find one that will spark your interest!

 

SOCIAL ACTIVITIES

 

English classes with TPR – BOOT CAMP

  • Dance classes
  • Work out
  • Outdoor fitness
  • Basket
  • Kayaking
  • Bike riding
  • Tennis
  • Water Aerobics
  • Beach tennis
  • Dodgeball
  • Interactive speaking and role playing

 

For several years we have been dedicating special attention to dancing, and we have developed this particular learning technique.

The first step in this path is to get in tune with the physicality and potentiality of the person.

Gradually, we will expose insecurities, such as low self-esteem and/or negation of a problem, which are responsible for stiff movements or refusal to appear in public.

Then we will analyze the psychological blocks that restrict the ability of psycho-physical expression in favor of an expressive serenity.

We will work on posture, on opening the diaphragm, and then on the expansion of the ribcage. These are all valid measures to increase blood oxygenation, and to perfuse the brain with “smoothness” and improve its mental alertness.

Dance Therapy promotes the psycho-physical, relational and spiritual integration and the well-being and quality of life of the person.

Why do we combine Dance Therapy with learning/consolidation of foreign languages?

Since the T.P.R. (Total Physical Response) method works right on the egocentric stage of the human persona, the individuals will find it easier to learn things that enter in relationship with their self. The practice of the foreign language through motor activities, such as dance, combines auditory learning (the language) to physical learning (T.P.R.). The teacher of Argentine Tango, for example, will give lessons to learn this dance in English and Spanish. Practicing the language by applying it physically to oneself, is thus a very effective way to learn.

This program is part of sports projects starting from kindergarten because it involves aerobic and anaerobic activity, motor coordination and breathing, and it teaches correct posture from an early age.

It is also important, especially for students from 6 years on, that dance therapy is an individual sport. This prevents episodes of competitiveness and bullying.

Fun And Fitness Language Center, in collaboration with Miami’s Talk English School is also a school for Italian teachers participating in CLIL programs.

The term CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning), created in 1994, is synonymous with “linguistic immersion”.

Language immersion is an approach that improves second language (L2) teaching by using the language as a means to learn other content.

In schools that use the CLIL approach, one or more subjects are taught in a language that is not the students’ mother tongue. The students are then “immersed” in the second language and have to use it to learn science, history, geography and other subjects, and to follow other educational pathways, even interdisciplinary ones.

Fun And Fitness Language Center is also a training and continuing education center for teachers of English (and/or other foreign languages) and teachers of other subjects who nonetheless need to improve their knowledge of a foreign language.