Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Turns out that perhaps being in a good mood is bad for working memory! None would accuse your average pronunciation lesson of being overly "warm fuzzy" or laid back. What this research seems to suggest is that being juiced affectively may be good for spiking creativity but you'll be less likely to remember what was to be learned later. This relates to an earlier post on what is potentially "wrong" with some drama-based pronunciation teaching: uncontrolled fun and excitement. HIIP (Haptic-integrated, Integrated Pronunciation), our new acronym, aims at management of all modalities, simultaneously--done in a spirit of productive good fun and whole-body engagement.