Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Forget, trying to learn new pronunciation

Clip art: Clker
Now here is a potentially useful idea. Before working on correcting a mispronunciation, have students "forget" the current version first. In the linked summary by Science Digest of a study by Strom of the University of Illinois at Chicago, subjects were instructed to, in effect, forget a set of words to make "room" in short term memory space for new ones. It appears to have been quite effective, demonstrating empirically the importance of some degree of forgetting to remembering, so to speak.

I'll have to work on this, but might not the concept of haptic de-anchoring of problematic sounds be worth some serious thought and experimentation? Ah . . . forget it!

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