Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Why a little stress in pronunciation work is maybe a good thing!

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.

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