Haptic (Movement and Touch for Better) Pronunciation

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Brian D. Teaman, Osaka Jogakuin University,; William R. Acton Trinity Western University


In this paper we describe a series of new techniques for the teaching of pronunciation using movement and touch. The “haptic approach” described here assumes that speaking is essentially a physical act that engages the entire body and not just the speech organs. This paper reviews the theoretical foundations of a haptic system, describes 9 haptic-based techniques, and explores the specific application of these techniques with Japanese learners of English.