Research on TPR in English Vocabulary Teaching in Primary Schools: A Case Study of a Primary School in Hangzhou


  • Shan Liu Zhejiang Gongshang University
  • Siyue Chen Zhejiang Gongshang University



primary school, English vocabulary teaching, total physical response


As the basis of English learning, English vocabulary plays an important role in both teaching and learning. Therefore, the TPR approach proposed by James Escher is highly respected. By means of questionnaires and an interview, this paper studies the application of Total Physical Response in primary school English vocabulary teaching. It has been found that both students and teachers approve of the application of TPR in primary school English vocabulary teaching and then suggestions for children's English education have been proposed.

Author Biographies

Shan Liu, Zhejiang Gongshang University

Hangzhou College of Commerce

Siyue Chen, Zhejiang Gongshang University

Hangzhou College of Commerce


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