If you are you heading to Portland (Oregon) to attend the TESOL Convention (March 26 - 29) and would like to find out what haptic pronunciation instruction is all about, I suggest you join a couple of sessions that my colleagues and I are presenting on March 27, 2014.
Essentials of Haptic-Integrated Pronunciation Instruction
This workshop presents a set of haptic (movement + touch)-based instructional techniques for presenting and correcting English L2 pronunciation, applicable for high beginning language learners and above. Guided by research on kinesthetic approaches to L2 pronunciation instruction, participants will leave prepared to use the instructional techniques in their classrooms.
Location: Convention Center room F152, 09:30-11:15.
Presenters: William Acton, Nathan Kielstra, Brian Teaman, Karen Rauser, Michael Burri
Exploring Research Supporting Haptic Pronunciation Teaching
This presentation addresses research in neuroscience, psychology and related fields that have informed the techniques developed in haptic pronunciation teaching (Acton, 2013). Through an exploration of interdisciplinary studies involving memory, movement, touch, vocabulary studies, affect, and communication, systematic haptic engagement shows promise as a valuable addition to pronunciation teaching.
Location: Convention Center room F152, 11:30-2:15.
Presenters: William Acton, Karen Rauser, Michael Burri
I am a Senior Lecturer in TESOL at the University of Wollongong in Australia. This blog is a reflection of my journey as a researcher, L2 teacher educator, and language teacher.