University of Missouri researcher, Sheldon, " . . . a nationally recognized scholar in the field of positive psychology," provides the following "tips" for being happy: "Change what you do, not what you have . . . .Pursue the right goals, for the right reasons . . . Your “social character” should match your “unguarded self. . . . The more evenly you distribute your activities and obligations the happier you’ll be . . . Do what you choose, do it well and connect with others." Let's translate that into guidelines for "happy-tic-integrated" pronunciation--or any pronunciation work:
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- Consistently and creatively work with targeted pronunciation features in all skill settings. (Of course, using the 8 EHIEP protocols for anchoring change and introduction of new sounds and vocabulary!)
- Have a limited set of targeted features with clearly "future" paced benchmarks, "measurable" outcomes such that achievement can be "checked off."
- Aim for staged, explicit integration into spontaneous speaking.
- Maintain a very tight task-based structure where pronunciation is involved.
- Once learners have been introduced to a protocol and it has been subsequently used by the instructor in class, they should be able to identify when and how to use them in their own, self-directed language study.
- And finally, the "evidence" should be evident, post hoc, to learners in everyday, conversational interaction, especially with friends.