Thursday, February 2, 2012

The (haptic) handwriting on the (virtual) wall for pronunciation instruction

"MENE, MENE, TEKEL, PARSIN!" (Possible pronunciation: Many, many tech'cle person!
At the TESOL convention in March, I'll be giving a talk in a Symposium on integration of pronunciation teaching. The title will be something like "Post-pronunciation, pronunciation instruction." Will argue three points: (a) The movement toward integration of pronunciation teaching into all skill areas signals the end of what we do as we do it. (b) Those can operate comfortably in virtual technology are going to take over and , (c) but the emergence in the last decade of haptics technology, haptic engagement in pedagogy, and haptic video and cinema, among others . . . offers exciting possibilities! (Rough translation and extrapolation of the Babylonian above: It's about over, gang. The field has had near enough of our disembodied,  insiders' club attitude. Our best tricks are about to be passed out to tech- and haptic-savy Newbees.) Could be worse . . . we could be in a lion's den . . .  or Philadelphia . . . 

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