Sunday, June 1, 2014

Great Haptic Pronunciation Teaching Proposals for TESOL 2015!

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Toronto in March?
Here is a list of "haptic" proposals with summaries that are being submitted for TESOL this year (March 2015 in Toronto.) Very impressive, eh!
A. Haptic (English) Pronunciation Teaching Workshop
This workshop introduces a set of six haptic (movement + touch)-based techniques for presenting and correcting English L2 pronunciation, applicable for intermediate English language learners and above. Guided by research on kinaesthetic approaches to L2 pronunciation instruction, the presenters train participants to use the instructional techniques in their classrooms.
B. Haptic (movement plus touch) Pronunciation Techniques for English Consonant Repair
This workshop presents haptic-based (movement plus touch) techniques for improving pronunciation of select English consonants. Included are: th/th, f/v, l/n, r, s/z, sh/zh, y, w, n/ng, t/d, voiced final consonants, consonant clusters and initial consonant aspiration. It is appropriate for relatively inexperienced instructors of middle-school age learners and older.
C. Accented, Confident Asian Female Professional L2 Identity: Rhythm Fight Club
In this workshop, after examining current theory on L2 identity related to Asian professional women and embodiment theory, participants work through a series of haptic-based (movement and touch) exercises, including a set of speaking/rhythm-based exercises, which provides a powerful anchor for shifting into more confident and accented professional English.
D. Conducting on-the-spot Corrections of Rhythm, Stress and Intonation: Haptic Baton
This practice-orientation session focuses on a haptic (movement + touch) technique for correcting and modelling pronunciation during any classroom activity—using a pencil, like an orchestra conductor. The key is to include a set of “haptic anchors,” where the baton touches the other hand on stressed syllables of problematic words.
E. Anchoring Academic Word list “families” with Haptic-integrated Pronunciation Techniques
Haptic-integrated (movement and touch) pronunciation techniques are recognized as a valuable, engaging tool for helping learners practice and remember target vocabulary. This workshop focuses on the EAP application of that process to more efficiently learn terms from Coxhead’s Academic Word List, a core component of academic discourse. 
F. Pragmatics in Teaching Oral Skills: Haptic-Enhanced Attending Skills Training
Being able to better facilitate development of pragmatic competence with ELLs is a priority of most programs. This workshop gives participants experience in combining attending skills training with haptic (movement + touch) - based pronunciation teaching techniques to enhance use of conversational strategies and responses appropriate to a variety of socio-cultural contexts.
G. Haptic instruction and L2 fluency development
This paper presents the findings of an empirical, classroom-based research project that investigated the impact of haptic (movement and touch) pronunciation instruction on second language learners’ fluency and comprehensibility. Implications for L2 pronunciation research and pedagogy, including practical tips for enhancing learner fluency, will be discussed.
H. Teaching linking with touch and Tai Chi
In this workshop participants are trained in a set of haptic (movement + touch) techniques for helping learners better understand linking in oral speech and produce basic linking of vowels and consonants between words in English. The workshop is based on the Acton Haptic Essential English Pronunciation System.
I.  “Learning vowel sounds through haptic (movement and touch) anchoring”
This session is for English Language teachers who want to explore haptic (touch + movement) approaches to teaching the pronunciation of English vowels. Participants will experience the Matrix, the Vowel Clock, and the Unstressed Vowel Thumb War and learn how these techniques can be integrated into their own teaching contexts.
J. "Haptic phonetics for pronunciation teaching"
In this practice-oriented session, a haptic-based (movement plus touch) phonetic system is presented for use in teaching English pronunciation. Each sound pattern is represented by the sound coming from the articulatory muscles and vibrators,  position(s) in the visual field in front of the learner, and a specifically designed gesture.

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