Haptic pronunciation teaching tips!

What to tell students: 
AHEPS v3.0
Bees and Butterflies
(Serious fun!)
Haptic basics
  • Research tells us that gesture helps us learn many things, including language
  • Haptic means movement or gesture plus touch 
  • Touch makes use of gesture stronger and more effective
  • Haptic helps us with modeling, feedback and correcting
Touch helps
  • Make gesture/movement more consistent
  • “Bind” the senses together, creating a better link between body and mind, visual and auditory
  • Maintain attention (for at least 3 seconds--just enough) 
  • Add focus and intensity (aids remembering)
  • Lets us explore new sounds and sensations, and then fades away quickly.
  • Make smart phones and virtual reality games more exciting!
Teaching guidelines: 
  • Always do a warm up of some kind
  • Anchor new sounds, corrections, vocabulary, idioms or phrases with pedagogical movement patterns (PMPs):
    • Use Vowel PMPs (Modules 2 and 3) with word stress
    • Use Butterfly PMP (Module 4) with long word or phrase (or fluency)
    • Use Touch-i-nami PMP (Modules 5 and 8) for emotion and melody
    • Use Fight club and Tai Chi PMPs (Modules 6 and 7) for energy, fluency and confidence
    • Use dictionary PMP to teach haptic anchoring (Module 1)
  • Model the word with a PMP first for students (Do PMP w/o saying the word first)
  • “Do the PMP along with me!” (Students repeat along with instructor.)
  • “Always repeat with the PMP” (When students practice)
  • “Speak with a very resonant voice” (Whenever trying to anchor sounds)
  • Teach with the haptic (AHEPS) videos, if possible (at least the first couple of times.)
  • Practice mirror image teaching! (Teacher standing in front of class. Not critical, but in the long term, the best way to work)
  • Have students practice new or corrected pronunciation at least 3x per week, for 2 weeks
  • Use word lists with at least 9 words

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