Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 13. Number3.  September 2022                                 Pp.339-355

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Psychological and Pedagogical Implements of Communicative Language Teaching and
Total Physical Response Methods

Mahmoud Itmeizeh
Applied English Department, Faculty of Arts
Palestine Ahliya University (PAU), Bethlehem, Palestine
Corresponding Author:

 Salem Saleh Ibnian
English Language and Literature Department,
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
The World Islamic Sciences and Education University (WISE)
Amman, Jordan


Received:06/18/2022                      Accepted: 08/29/2022                Published: 09/24/2022

The current study aims at investigating the psychological and pedagogical implements of Communicative Language Teaching (CLT) and the Total Physical Response (TPR) in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). The main focus of this study is on the principles and techniques of these two teaching methods, in addition to their psychological and pedagogical implements in EFL classes. The study, which follows the descriptive-analytical method, also scrutinizes the techniques utilized showing their crucial role in transferring the teachers’ role from knowledge importing to stimulators for interactive learning. The main results showed that the use of these two methods could play an active role in enhancing learners’ dependency, minimizing their shyness, raising their motivation, and activating both hemispheres of the brain. Some psychological and pedagogical implements and recommendations have been stated at the end of the study.
Keywords: Authenticity, Communicative Language Teaching, Total Physical Response, pedagogical
and psychological domains

Cite as:   Mahmoud Itmeizeh, M., & Ibnian, S. S. (2022). Psychological and Pedagogical Implements of Communicative Language Teaching and Total Physical Response Methods. Arab World English Journal, 13 (3) 339-355.


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Received: 06/18/2022
Accepted: 08/29/2022 
Published: 09/24/2022 

Dr. Mahmoud Itmeizeh has a Ph.D. in Curriculum & Methods of Teaching English Language,  M.A. in Methods of Teaching English Language, a B.A. in English Language and Literature and a Diploma in Education. He published about 20 research papers in solid refereed journals. Dr. Itmeizeh is currently the dean of the Faculty of Arts at Palestine Ahliya University. ORCid ID:

Dr. Salem Ibnian is an associate professor of TEFL at the World Islamic Sciences and Education University. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Curriculum & Methods of TEFL from Cairo University in 2009. Dr. Ibnian is currently the dean of Student Affairs at the World Islamic Sciences and Education University in Jordan. His research interests include second language acquisition, teaching and learning strategies, language assessment and others.