Essential Haptic-integrated English pronunciation (EHIEP)

EHIEP ("Ape!") is a new, effective haptic way to teach and learn pronunciation making special use of movement and touch.   (Literally, "haptic" means relating to touch or "grasp," the sense of touch, tactile, from the Greek "haptikos." )

First introduced in 2008, v4.0 of the system is now available in the Haptic Pronunciation Teaching-English Certification Course (HaPT-E). For details on the course, go to the HICPR blog or contact:

EHIEP highlights:

10 modules, covering essential topics of English pronunciation: vowels, stress, rhythm, intonation, fluency, expressiveness and selected consonants.

30-minute teaching video lessons (one in each module) where students are trained in using haptic-based techniques to help them learn, remember and recall targeted pronunciation and vocabulary.  Instructors then use the basic techniques for modeling, correcting and providing feedback in class.

Student materials and Teacher notes are included in HaPT-E, in digital or hardcopy.

A flexible combination of teaching and practice videos, such that the content of a module can be covered in 30 minutes to 2 hours, depending on the type of class and instructor background (beginning with a 30-minute in-class video and then students doing up to 3 additional 30-minute video-based homework assignments.)   

ABOUT Bill Acton

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"I often begin workshops or papers with the comment that in about 40 years in the field I have had just one idea: that the systematic use of body movement is essential to effective and efficient pronunciation instruction. That has never been more relevant than today, with the general de-emphasis on pronunciation and introduction of technology into the field. From both perspectives, the "haptic" perspective approach developed here offers great promise."  -- Bill Acton