Embodied Pronunciation Part 2: Haptic Hacks and Widgets (TOP-IG)
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Pacific
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Following up on Marsha Chan’s webinar of April 19th, Embodied Pronunciation Part 1: Harnessing Your Inner Power, in this session Bill Acton will focus specifically on a core set of embodied pronunciation techniques which use both gesture and touch.

“Hacks” are techniques which are used to indirectly impact speaking accuracy and fluency, such as “fixing” a vowel or consonant, or drills relating to intonation, rhythm and stress.

“Widgets” are techniques which, in principle, can impact the learner’s fluency and intelligibility almost immediately such as moving a “body part” or the entire body--plus touch, to the rhythm of one’s voice as one is speaking, especially in describing a scene in one’s visual field or a highly defined and easily recalled past-experience. (Actors, politicians, voice trainers—and accomplished liars-- often use a range of such “widgets” in their practice.)

Date & Time

Friday, May 17 2024, 12:00-1:00 California Time


Members: Free
Non-members: $5.00


Bill Acton

William R. Acton, PhD

Bill Acton is Director of the MATESOL at Trinity Western University. His research, publications and teaching have centered on the role of the body in second language learning and, specifically, pronunciation. He and his students, for the last 40 years, have been developing Haptic Pronunciation Teaching, now in version 7.0, The KINTEK Method. Pedagogically, the focus has shifted from gesture to the centrality of touch in (haptic) pronunciation work.


Setting: Live Virtual
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