Anchoring academic vocabulary with a "hard hitting" haptic pronunciation teaching technique
This chapter describes a simple five-step haptic technique that enhances second language (L2) vocabulary dεvelopment by more actively bringing in the pronunciation of the targeted words: the Rhythm Fight Club (RFC; Acton, n.d.). As the name suggests, the RFC involves a boxing-like movement that students typically find engaging and fun. The objective of the RFC is to support form-focused work on vocabulary and, at the same time, promote intelligible pronunciation. The RFC can also be modified and extended to L2 reading instruction in that systematic attention to pronunciation can contribute greatly to the encoding and learning process (Walter, 2008). In fact, the procedure can be applied in any teaching context, helping learners with new vocabulary, assisting with retaining meaning and usage as well as pronunciation. Both native- and nonnative-English-speaking instructors should find it usefuI and easy to work with.
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