Sunday, November 23, 2014

Research supporting haptic pronunciation teaching

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Jones, T., Ed. (2016). Pronunciation in the classroom: The overlooked essential. Alexandria, VA: TESOL Press.

Was recently asked for a summary of research supporting haptic pronunciation teaching. I am working on an article that will present the case. Here is the current working outline with research studies indicated. Other than a number of studies "proving" that pronunciation teaching, in general, seems to "work," the theory and research that specifically supports haptic work is somewhat indirect--but pretty compelling when you see the complete picture.

 It runs something like this. For complete references for those studies listed below and others, go to this page:

General theory on embodiment
  • Embodiment is critical to 2LA (Holme, 2012)
  • The body as an instrument for change of voice and persona (Lessac, 1984 and 1997)
  • Haptic cinema (Marks, 2012)
  • Gesture and language are tightly interrelated (Kendon, 2004)
  • Mirror neurons and learning movement (Simpson, 2008)
  • Gesture observed enhances learning (Wagner et al., 2013)
  • Gesture use enhances speaking  (Beliah, 2013)
Gesture in second language learning
  • Gesture supports second language learning in several ways (McCafferty, 2006)
  • Gesture enhances second language learning (Macedonia et al, 2012)
  • Gesture  is closely related to prosodics (rhythm, stress and intonation) in L1 and L2 acquisition (McCafferty, 2004)
  • Gesture and grammar (Churchill et al., 2013)
  • Touch serves to bond the senses together (Fredembach, et al, 2009).
  • Touch influences/manages memory for events (Propper, et al., 2013)
  • Touch is remembered through movement, sound and visual images (Charite, 2011)
  • Intensity of touch determined by intentions/set up (Gray, 2013)
  • Tactile Metaphors (Lacy et al., 2012)
  • Binding of movement, sound and touch (Legarde, J. and Kelso, J., 2006)
  • The nature of haptics (Harris, 2013)
  • Haptic technology (Kuchenbecker, 2012)
  • Sense of touch technology (Umeå universitet, 2012)
Gesture and haptics in teaching
  • Haptics in education (Minogue et al., 2006)
  • Gesture widely used in phonetics and L2 pronunciation teaching (Wrembel, et al., 2011)
  • Gesture use in second language teaching (Hudson, 2011)
Experiential models and reports
  • Acton (2014) 
  • Acton (2001)
  • Acton (1994)
  • Acton (1984)
  • Acton, W., et al., (2013)
  • Teaman, B., et al., (2013)
  • Burri (2015)
  • Kielstra and Acton (in press)
  • Burri, Baker and Acton (2016)

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