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Bill Acton
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Students' pronunciation bad? It's important but not your fault!
Hot off the presses. Large scale study relating to what teachers think about teaching "pronunciation". Clker.com (The blog post was actually inspired by a comment from a neighborhood ESL practitioner recently.) Some conclusions, summarized by Science Daily ...

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Why using music helps learning pronunciation even when it doesn't!
clker.com How did we ever teach or solve problems before neuroscience--or as we occasionally refer to it here: "near-ol'-science"? It is axiomatic that even when an experiment or study goes no place, or worse, it is still scientifically valid as long as it ...

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Easy pronunciation change? You'd better believe it!
One of the most striking findings of research on teacher cognition about pronunciation teaching is that, especially for those newer to field, often believe it to be REALLY hard, difficult and intimidating (e.g., Burri 2017 ). There is less (much less) resea...

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Distracting new research: Try some "strategic attention" or younger students!
Clker.com This could be either a sign of things to come or at least a pleasant "distraction." I have done literally dozens of blogposts here (out of the roughly 1,000) that involve in some way the concept of "attention". Likewise, in our decade or so of exp...

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New Haptic Pronunciation Teaching "Work-inar"!
If your organization would be interested in a 2-hour, highly interactive, experiential webinar on haptic pronunciation teaching (and you should be!), we have the answer! Our new haptic "work-inar" on English pronunciation! Dates are available beginning in m...

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Good vibrations: Why the kazoo works in teaching intonation!
I frequently find reports of studies that have striking conclusions that I'd really love to believe are valid--but do not provide quite enough detail.  Here's one: Haptic learning system for learning Chinese by
Jung, Hwang, and Kyung, Dept. of Digital Medi...

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The "wrong" way to get pronunciation teaching right!
Clker.com If you don't get the James Clear newsletter already, go sign up for it, or at least read his latest piece on "inversion ": Inversion: The Crucial Thinking Skill Nobody Ever Taught You.  Inversion, or "envisioning the negative things that could hap...

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Metacognitive competence: Know thy L1, L1C and inner parts to better acquire L2 and L2C
Clker.com As reported in the Journal of Cognitive Enhancement (and summarized by medicalxpress.com ), Böckler of the Max Planck Institute and Maxmilians of the University of Würzburg seem to have established empirically yet again--or maybe for the first tim...

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The Empir(esists and Millenials) strike back: Micro-learning in pronunciation teaching and elsewhere!
Clker.com Talk about a flash from the past . . . If there are any survivors from the Behaviorist/Audio-lingual teaching era still with us, this report may just make their day. Micro training/teaching/learning is back, but in some ways new and improved, I th...

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Killing pronunciation 6: Eliminating distraction (and episodic memory) with gesture!
Clker.com Have wondered for years why at times even the most ingenious use of gesture itself may not enhance memory for a sound or word. I assumed that it had something to do with what the learner was paying attention to at the time but had never seen any s...
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