Sunday, March 28, 2010
We had two "haptic" pronunciation presentations at the TESOL Convention in Boston last week. A workshop that I did, "Full-bodied, Systematic, Multiple-modality Pronunciation Instruction," and a demonstration by Mike Burri (of British Columbia Institute of Technology) and Karen Rauser (of Okanagon College in British Columbia) entitled, "Developing Conversational Rhythm." Both were very well received. (No surprise!)Probably the first and most useful observation from both presentations concerns how well most of the participants were able to "get" the idea of "training the body first (Lessac)" or at least starting off by attending systematically to what the body will be doing during pronunciation work. Over the past five years we have learned that for some set of instructors and learners just establishing awareness of what their bodies are doing--let alone consciously manipulating or coordinating that action--is a challenge. We are getting better at making the methodology accessible to a broader spectrum of cognitive styles and "intelligences," but there still remain a relatively small percentage, maybe 5% for whom our system in its entirety is still not as accessible as it must be. Of the 10 or 12 protocols, or basic procedures, at least half, however, can be learned and used in the classroom by anybody.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Good question! There will be before long, I'm sure. The number of iPhone apps now available for language learning alone, not to mention all the Wii programs, suggests that touch is in. The technology is certainly available. We just wait on the field to catch up.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Have been planning to start this blog for some time now, a place for us pronunciation "Hapticians and Hapticophiles" to share observations, resources and discoveries. (See also: http://www.ampisys.com) Along with links to research studies on the use of haptic frameworks in learning in various disciplines and relevant sources in ESL/EFL pronunciation instruction, we want to begin preparing for the 2011 TESOL Convention in New Orleans and a couple of other regional conferences where we will presenting. Any time you find a presentation or published paper that touches on what we are doing, please post a reference to it here.