Monday, January 27, 2014

(Hapic) Teachable moments in pronunciation teaching

One of the FAQs on the new Acton Haptic website is worth considering for a moment:
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Q: OK, what is really different about AH-EPS from other methods?
Simple: Haptic-based, in-class pronunciation change and teaching strategies (what we actually say to each other in trying to help) for instructors and students! AH-EPS focuses first on how to communicate better with learners face to face about their pronunciation. Using gesture+touch in any class, at any time, in such personal but professional conversation, is very effective at providing good models, assisting with correction and promoting integration of change into spontaneous speaking.
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One FAQ in pronunciation teaching research in general today is: How can we help learners better integrate new or changed sounds into their spontaneous speaking? 

There is actually a better question: How can we (as instructors) better integrate attention to new or changed sounds into our own spontaneous interaction and speaking in the classroom? 

Credit: Presentermedia.com
There are numerous studies of classroom discourse focusing on grammar and vocabulary correction, feedback and modelling, but none that I am aware of on spontaneous interventions on pronunciation by instructors in the classroom, in real time. (Research on formative, spontaneous interaction is, of course, the focus of research in many disciplines, such as counselling psychology.) 

If you do do spontaneous pronunciation feedback and correction in your "regular" classroom work, record some of it and report back. Perhaps we should make that the basic qualification for anybody wanting to join IAHICPR. (Check out the note on the website on how to!)

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Haptic pronunciation teaching's new home!

This is big. Go take a look at the new AH-EPS (Acton Haptic English Pronunciation System) website and v2.0 roll out! Still a work in process, a bit of work to do in polishing things up, but it works. It is now relatively easy to get videos and materials (at special, Grand Roll Out pricing!) In the next few weeks we'll be adding:

  • A page of links to haptic teaching resources, references and work in progress
  • An attached blog for comments and teaching tips on the site
  • Videos of haptic pronunciation teaching in the classroom
  • Testimonials and a piece on the "history" of HPT
Would, of course, very much appreciate your thoughts on how to improve it (or how great it is!) Feel free to contact me directly at actonhaptic@gmail.com or comment here. 


Keep in touch!




Wednesday, January 15, 2014

TESL Canada 2014 haptic pronunciation teaching proposals accepted!!!

Credit: TESLCA
This is big! We will be doing at least four "haptic" presentations at the upcoming TESL Canada annual conference in Regina, Saskachewan, May 8, 2014:

Workshop: Basics of Haptic (movement + touch) Integrated Pronunciation Instruction”
    Rauser, VanDyke, Lam and Acton

Teaching linking with touch and Taichi
    Hong, Kliuyeva and Hoekstra

Haptic phonetics for pronunciation teaching
     McWilliams and Makarova

Using haptic-integrated pronunciation with the Academic Word List
    Moulden, Peace and Zeng

If you are going to be there, join us! If not, be happy to send you a copies of the proposals or connect you up with the presenters. As reported earlier, there are also going to be 4 haptic pronunciation teaching presentations at TESOL in Portland in March:

Workshop: Essentials of haptic (kinesthetic+tactile)-integrated pronunciation instruction     Kielstra, Baker, Burri, Rauser, Teaman and Acton

Practice-oriented session: Speak fast; speak easy: The Fight Club technique
     Burns, Serena and Kielstra

Research-oriented session: Exploring research supporting haptic (movement + touch) pronunciation teaching
    Rauser, Acton and Burri

Workshop: Teaching basic English intonation by non-native English speaking teachers
    Lam, Zeng, Hong, Takatsu and Donkor

Keep in touch! (AH-EPS v2.0 will roll out next week!)