Monday, February 21, 2011

Why learning pronunciation with "just" video generally doesn't work!

This article, from PC Magazine, makes the case that something is missing in video-centered learning systems. In the first paragraph, as a matter of fact--from a HIPoeces perspective, the source of the problem is evident: "If babies can't learn a language—something their brains do automatically—when technology is in the way or "when the human touch is missing," that says a lot about what we don't know when it comes to learning and technology." The solution, of course, is to bring directed movement and touch (haptic) into the system. We can do that. The Essentials of English Pronunciation (for Other/extended English Speakers) (EEPOS) program of haptically-integrated video instruction with student workbook that we are developing should do precisely that. 

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