Friday, December 2, 2011

Sensory grounding and integration in HICP

Clip art: Clker
In this MIT research summary, a range of therapeutic, haptic applications are reviewed. Of those, two are particularly relevant here: grounding and integration. HICP/EHIEP work generally procedes in two phases, a set of three techniques (protocols) that basically establish the felt sense of English vowels, consonants and rhythm, and then a second set of three which serve to integrate new or modified words in speech.

HICP isn't therapy, but not infrequently learners report that just "getting their (rhythmic and sensory) feet (of English anchored firmly) on the ground" in this system appears to contribute to resolution of other personal, identity-related issues--in addition to pronunciation. Can't get your pronunciation teaching off the ground and integrated in the classroom? Senseless!

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