Tuesday, January 25, 2011

"Haplessly" Integrated Pronunciation for Japanese . . . but cute!

This video has several of the elements: music, dance (total body engagement), speech synchronized gesture, cute--but misses on several other dimensions, including isomorphic movement, authentic expressiveness, and attention to discourse prosody. Entertaining, but not all that different from what often passes as kinesthetic techniques in today's pronunciation teaching. The students will no doubt remenber fragments of the vocabulary and idioms, and loosen up affectively in the process,  but the bizarre prosodic anchoring will more than offset what is acquired in the dance.  (Thanks to Matt Dissen for pointing me to this jewel!)

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