Seeing is believing

We at Tricks- Language Lab use a lot of visual clues and blended learning with multimedia is part of our methodology… this is an interesting article on using the face of the speaker.

To answer to your Q3: I as them to do learning style assessment 24 questions on how they learn the best. This helps me understand who are more of visual learners than the rest of the groups… and if the group loves it i like to use a lot of media. Thanks to BBC’s 6-min. videos and some licensed content that I have picked-up…


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If you’ve ever done pronunciation drilling with your hand cupped behind your ear like a demented kids TV presenter (all together now!) you’re probably of the opinion that exaggerating audio cues helps students to discriminate the sounds of a second language. But did you know that students can improve their chances of learning sounds by simply looking at a speaker’s face?

Research on how language learners use visual cues in the perception and production of sounds supports what auditory and visual sciences have known for some time: what you see has a strong impact on what you hear. This relationship is niftily illustrated through the “McGurk effect”, not the latest McDonald’s menu, but a rather compelling example of how the human sensory experience is interlinked.

More recently, with the help of fMRI scans (which basically involve putting silly hats on people, sending them down a tube into a giant washing…

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