TPR in adult classes

Gestures and body languages in adult EFL classes, mostly to teach other language. If you like anything here and want more, please support TEFLtastic

Updated 2 March 2020

Although Total Physical Response started as a methodology for teaching adults, the term TPR is nowadays mainly used as a way of talking about movement in young learner classes. The aim of my latest article and the worksheets below is to bring that movement back into the adult classes where it also belongs:

Articles on TPR in adult classes

Movement in adult classes

15 physical games that also work well with adults

Using body language and gestures to teach pronunciation

Using body language and gestures to teach grammar 

52 TPR grammar games

15 TEFL games with miming/ TPR


Photocopiable TPR worksheets for adults (including for IELTS, ESP, many tenses, phrasal verbs, idioms, telephoning, social English phrases, and cultural training)

TPR grammar worksheets

TPR grammar worksheets for teaching tenses

TPR worksheets for present tenses

Present Continuous TPR worksheets

New Present Continuous miming worksheets page (also including making sounds)

Business English Present Continuous mimes

Business English Present Continuous sounds and mimes

Hobbies Present Continuous mimes

Medical English Present Continuous mimes

Present Continuous travel mimes

Telephoning hold on mimes

Present Continuous vocabulary revision mimes (for New Cutting Edge Intermediate, but you could easily adapt the idea for your own classes)

Present Simple and Continuous TPR worksheets

Present Continuous and Present Simple job mimes

Table manners Present Simple and Continuous mimes

Xmas Present Simple Present Continuous mimes

Gestures cultural differences game (miming and then talking about use and not of those gestures)

Food and drink cultural differences mimes

Food and drink actions Present Continuous mimes

Technical English mimes


TPR worksheets for past tenses

Past Continuous TPR worksheets

Bad habits Past Continuous

Travel English Past Continuous mimes

Cutting Edge Intermediate Modules 1 and 2 Past Continuous mimes

Mixed past tenses TPR worksheets

Xmas and New Year past tenses mimes


TPR worksheets for future forms

Going to TPR worksheets

Xmas going to games (make me say yes, miming and guessing)

Going to mimes

Going to Travel mimes and useful phrases

Countable and uncountable going to travel mimes

Going to and will TPR worksheets

Going to and will Xmas mimes


TPR worksheets for other tenses

Present Perfect Simple and Continuous mimes

Xmas and New Year tense review mimes


Imperative TPR worksheets

Imperative pick and act TPR game

Good behaviour mimes (imperative)


TPR worksheets for other grammar points

Prepositions of position TPR worksheets

Prepositions of position miming games

Prepositions of position making sentences TPR game

and see above for an article on the topic.


Can and can’t TPR worksheets

Can can’t sports mimes

Can and can’t miming coin game

and see above for an article on the topic.


Comparative and superlative TPR worksheets

Comparative adjectives miming games

Comparative and superlative miming games


Singular and plural TPR worksheets

Singular and plural possessives TPR game

Singular and plural mimes


Other TPR grammar worksheets

Gradable and extreme adjectives miming game

This that these those mimes

Phrasal verb mimes

and see above for an article on “a” and “and”


Worksheets for teaching gestures

Body language and gestures cultural training page


TPR worksheets for presentation skills training

Presentations voice and body roleplays

Gestures for presentations and related useful phrases

Body language and gestures for presentations (simpler version of the one above)


Other uses of miming

TPR worksheets for functional language

Meeting people mimes (in this e-book)

Restaurant language mimes (in this e-book)

Directions miming game

Likes and dislikes TPR coin game

Telephoning hold on mimes

Phrases for negotiations mimes, brainstorming and key words

Discussion skills phrases miming game

Everyday English social expressions mimes


TPR worksheets for vocabulary

Feelings drawing and miming games

Appearance opposites games (including drawing games, miming games, reversi and, coin game and roleplays)

Personality opposites miming games

Adjectives for describing objects games (reversi, jigsaw, drawing and miming)

British and American engineering vocabulary games (including miming, drawing, jigsaw, reversi, and dominoes, plus collocations practice)

Phrasal verb mimes

Body idioms mimes pairwork

Language of trends miming game (great for Business and IELTS classes)

Technical English mimes

Medical English mimes

Cooking and eating verb mimes

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4 Responses to TPR in adult classes

  1. Charles says:

    thanks alex. where can i find other adult worksheets which follow krashen’s (natural aquisition) theory but are not TPR or miming? many thanks

  2. alexcase says:

    Hi Charles

    Neither an expert on nor much of a fan of Krashen, I’m afraid. What might such a worksheet be like??

  3. alexcase says:

    Miming games work surprisingly well on Zoom, as the person who is miming can see what they are doing and so better work out why other people don’t understand. It should also hopefully help persuade students to still use gestures while in online classes, and their own online meetings, and to watch the other people’s images more carefully instead of checking their emails at the same time. It’s also a good idea in classes where students have to wear masks and so are losing some ability to communicate with facial expressions and should use their bodies more to make up for it.

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