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Bill Acton
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Next Haptic Pronunciation Teaching Webinars! (2/16/19 and 2/17/19)
The next of the bi-monthly "double webinars" are set to go. You need to do Webinar I before you do Webinar II, but feel free to just take the first one, which covers the basics. The webinars are highly experiential, participatory and enjoyable. You'll need ...
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The feeling before it happens: Anticipated touch and executive function--in (haptic) pronunciation teaching
Tigger warning*: This post is (about) touching! Another in our continuing, but much "anticipated", series of reasons why haptic pronunciation teaching works or not, based on studies that at first glance (or just before) may appear to be totally unrelated to...
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Killing Pronunciation 10: Clear habits of successful (pronunciation) teaching and change
Next installment in our "Killing pronunciation" series: Bad habits or how to overcome them. (If you are not in the habit of following the blog or have missed any of them, go here !) I'm doing a new graduate course in the spring where I'll be interviewing ex...
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When "clear speech" is not clear . . . or meaningful, but still instructive.
Clker.com Once in a while you stumble on a study that seems, at least at first, to fly in the face of contemporary theory and methodology. This is one does: "How clear speech equates to clear memory: Researchers find that a speaker's clearly articulated sty...
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Beyond gesture: when visual-auditory-kinesthetic is not enough in pronunciation teaching!
Haptic engagement (adding touch to gesture) in pronunciation teaching began in 2005, in response to a number of potential problem(s) of using "simple" gesture in the classroom: Inconsistency of results!  Sometimes gesture seems to work well in learning and ...
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Reserve your place in the Haptic Pronunciation Training Webinars now!
 For details on the upcoming webinars, check here!  To register ($25USD) for Webinar 1 (December 7th, 7~8:15), go here!   Register now  To register ($25USD) for Webinar 2 (December 8th, 7~8:15), go here! (to do #2, you need to do #1 first!)   Register now
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Haptic Pronunciation Training Rides Again! (at TESOL 2019)
The first haptic workshop, ( Acton, W., Baker, A.
and M. Burri. 2008) . Haptic approaches to Intonation Instruction , was conducted 10 years ago at the 2008 TESOL Convention in New York. This coming March in Atlanta at TESOL 2019 will be the official roll o...
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Haptic pronunciation training webinars coming UpDownUnder!
The first training webinars for Haptic Pronunciation Training - English, Version 5.0, will be held on December 7th and 8th, staged from Wollongong, Australia--but available everywhere. (They will also be recorded and available later as a downloads, and repe...
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Haptic pronunciation teaching goes "Down Under" (to Wollongong)!
Photo credit: ALAA No, we hapticians are not just doing more work with the rhythmic feet of Aussie English--although that is actually a very good idea (and you don't necessarily have to be a dancer or haptician to appreciate or use them! See this descriptio...
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Got the perfect personality style for teaching pronunciation teaching? Probably!
Have often heard it said (and even remarked, myself) that some people are just natural pronunciation teachers and others are not. There was a time when that might have been true or have actually made a more significant difference in the classroom. It should...
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