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ERIC Number: EJ1174234
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1535-0517
Embodied Pronunciation Learning: Research and Practice
Chan, Marsha J.
CATESOL Journal, v30 n1 p47-68 2018
This article summarizes research on body language, embodiment, and the incorporation of proprioception, physical movement, gestures, and touch into second language education, particularly with regard to the pronunciation of English. It asserts that careful attention to breathing, vocalization, articulatory positions, pulmonic and tactile pressures, pitch and duration, scope and synchrony of body movements, in addition to the systematic use of gestures, enables more effective pronunciation. It presents ways that teachers of English can embody features of pronunciation--making them more perceptible and representing them in clear and obvious ways to enhance perception, pronunciation, and retention. Classroom techniques described include pronunciation workouts such as breath training and articulator exercises; the use of simple devices, hands, and fingers to illustrate aspects of articulation and prosody; and larger body movements, such as the "Stress Stretch," "Haptic Syllable Butterfly," and "Rhythm Fight Club" to improve stress and rhythm.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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