Language teachers traditionally teach grammatical rules and try to make the students apply them with various exercises in the classroom. This can be frustrating and time consuming. Native speakers never study their language in order to be fluent in it.
How can we acquirelanguage as native speakers do?
Our focus is based on comprehension through meaningful and positive physical interactions (Natural Approach). When we describe foreign words together with body language, they become more comprehensible, this is the language teaching method known as the Total Physical Response (TPR). The teacher tells the class to “Jump!” and he jumps. The class then matches the word meaning with the corresponding given visual stimuli. It is understood that the action of jumping means “jump”. Our native language is passed down from parent to child in the exact same manner.
However, it’s not enough for the input (the unknown words) to be comprehensible; it also has to be interesting and fun. Although TPR has already been used in classrooms for more than forty years, the efficiency of language acquisition in these settings is low. Physical activity in the typical classroom is limited to mundane tasks and lulls the students into a passive and uninvolved state. Unfortunately, this lifeless routine (sit down, get up, etc.) lacks the fundamental passion and curiosity that is necessary for enjoyable and spirited foreign language acquisition.
Now, we can enhance language skills, such as new word retention and concept comprehension, with an interactive and engaging incentive. Now we can ensure participation and prevent boredom, which is prohibitive in a learning environment. We can take the TPR model out of the classroom and into the sports field and allow for the natural exhilaration and engagement in games, in the target language, to evolve in a structured, dynamic, and inspired way.