DAVID BISHOP (TOKYO INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY)

TRANSFORMING STUDENTS€™ PRONUNCIATION PROBLEMS WITH HAPTIC TOUCH : ELT INNOVATIVE PEDAGOGY

This pronunciation workshop is designed to let teachers retake ownership of the classroom pedagogy when it comes to pronunciation at the morphological level. Teachers will learn haptic pronunciation techniques developed by linguistics luminary, Bill Acton, PhD, and by the end of the workshop, will be able to convey mastery of the North American /th/, /f/, /v/, /l/, /n/ and /r/ to students who will gain autonomy over their own pronunciation proficiency, and awareness of where their current failures lay. The presenter will employ the skills learned as a student of Dr. Acton at Trinity Western University, tested at Tokyo International University, and presented at the International Thai TESOL 2019 Conference in Bangkok, to demonstrate to teachers specific techniques designed to fit any classroom at any level, and within minutes lead students to the perfect morpheme pronunciation of a native North American speaker of English.

David Bishop has over 10 years of experience teaching North American pronunciation at universities in Japan and Canada, as well as corporations such as Coca Cola Japan, Salesforce Tokyo, Amazon Vancouver and IKEA Toronto. He is currently a Pronunciation Lecturer at Tokyo International University. He can be contacted at interlanenglish@gmail.com.