So You Think You can Dance Your Way to Perfect Pronunciation!<br />William Acton<br />Trinity Western University<br />Univ...
Agenda<br />Warm Up!<br />The Music Box dance (High, Mid & Low Pitch)<br />The i-moves (Intonation)<br />“Come on over!” w...
Rock Star vowel-a-font<br />Acton©2010<br />
Rock Star Vowels!<br />Acton©2010<br />
Golf Jaw (ae – ah – awe)<br />Acton©2010<br />
Opera Diva Catelephant(Ah – Oh)<br />Ah<br />Oh<br />Acton©2010<br />
The Matrix, the Music Box (key of C)<br />Acton©2010<br />
The Nodes (the Mavericks)<br />Acton©2010<br />
The i-moves (PSST!s)<br />See handout!<br />Acton©2010<br />
Come on Over! (Twain)<br />Flat<br />Flat Dip<br />Up<br />Up jump<br />Down – final fall (mid)<br />Down<br />Down Dip<br...
How about a Movie I? <br />(See handout)<br />Acton©2010<br />
How about a Movie II? <br />(See handout)<br />Acton©2010<br />
Rhythmic Feet (of English)<br />Composed of stressed and unstressed syllables<br />Maximum 7 syllables for learners (That’...
Rhythm Feet Fight Club<br />Begin every pattern with the same hand<br />Stressed syllable will be on the “ball” hand<br />...
RFFC Key words<br />Sparring<br />Cool<br />Funky<br />Super Cool!<br />Super Funky!<br />Fighting!<br />Bad<br />Nasty<br...
RFC - Moves<br />Very smooth, with full rotation, when “sparring”, feet apart<br />As fast as possible when “fighting”; fe...
RFFC Feet – Butterfly Sparring!<br />0		Cool!<br />o0		That’s cool!<br />oo0		Very cool!<br />ooo0	That’s very cool!<br />...
RFFC Feet – Bee Sting Fighting!<br />0		Bad!<br />o0		That’s bad!<br />oo0		Very bad!<br />ooo0	That’s very bad!<br />0o		...
Benediction<br />[Left] May the wind				oo0<br />[Right] Be at your back			ooo0<br />[Left] And the sun upon			oo0oo<br />...
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  1. 1. So You Think You can Dance Your Way to Perfect Pronunciation!<br />William Acton<br />Trinity Western University<br />University of Victoria<br />January 19, 2010<br />Acton©2010<br />
  2. 2. Agenda<br />Warm Up!<br />The Music Box dance (High, Mid & Low Pitch)<br />The i-moves (Intonation)<br />“Come on over!” with Shania Twain<br />How about a movie? (Discourse prosody)<br />Rhythmic Feet (of English)<br />The Rhythm Fight Club! <br />Acton©2010<br />
  3. 3. Rock Star vowel-a-font<br />Acton©2010<br />
  4. 4. Rock Star Vowels!<br />Acton©2010<br />
  5. 5. Golf Jaw (ae – ah – awe)<br />Acton©2010<br />
  6. 6. Opera Diva Catelephant(Ah – Oh)<br />Ah<br />Oh<br />Acton©2010<br />
  7. 7. The Matrix, the Music Box (key of C)<br />Acton©2010<br />
  8. 8. The Nodes (the Mavericks)<br />Acton©2010<br />
  9. 9. The i-moves (PSST!s)<br />See handout!<br />Acton©2010<br />
  10. 10. Come on Over! (Twain)<br />Flat<br />Flat Dip<br />Up<br />Up jump<br />Down – final fall (mid)<br />Down<br />Down Dip<br />Down – final fall (mid)<br />Down jump<br />Down jump Dip<br />Down Jump – final fall (mid)<br />Down – final fall (high)<br />Acton©2010<br />
  11. 11. How about a Movie I? <br />(See handout)<br />Acton©2010<br />
  12. 12. How about a Movie II? <br />(See handout)<br />Acton©2010<br />
  13. 13. Rhythmic Feet (of English)<br />Composed of stressed and unstressed syllables<br />Maximum 7 syllables for learners (That’s very fascinating!) <br />Possible 16 patterns (16 feet)<br />Sometimes both primary and secondary stress<br />Often obvious in traditional poetry but not in general conversation (She sells sea shells by the sea shore!)<br />Varies depending on dialect of English (US/Canada)<br />Varies depending on English competence, current cognitive and emotional state<br />Acton©2010<br />
  14. 14. Rhythm Feet Fight Club<br />Begin every pattern with the same hand<br />Stressed syllable will be on the “ball” hand<br />Like this:<br />Cool! (ball in left hand)<br />That’s cool! (ball in right hand)<br />Very cool! (ball in left hand)<br />That’s very cool! (ball in right hand)<br />“Float like a butterfly; sting like a bee!”( M. Ali (1982)<br />Acton©2010<br />
  15. 15. RFFC Key words<br />Sparring<br />Cool<br />Funky<br />Super Cool!<br />Super Funky!<br />Fighting!<br />Bad<br />Nasty<br />Dangerous<br />Devastating<br />Acton©2010<br />
  16. 16. RFC - Moves<br />Very smooth, with full rotation, when “sparring”, feet apart<br />As fast as possible when “fighting”; feet together<br />Jabs “o” (short, close to body)<br />Punches “0” (extend arm to maximum)<br />Punch is always with hand with ball!<br />Always start with left hand when sparring<br />Always start with right hand on fighting<br />Change ball after each foot<br />Acton©2010<br />
  17. 17. RFFC Feet – Butterfly Sparring!<br />0 Cool!<br />o0 That’s cool!<br />oo0 Very cool!<br />ooo0 That’s very cool!<br />0o Funky!<br />o0o That’s funky!<br />oo0o Very funky!<br />ooo0o That’s very funky!<br />0oo Super cool!<br />o0oo That’s super cool!<br />oo0oo Very super cool!<br />ooo0oo That’s very super cool!<br />0ooo Super funky!<br />o0ooo That’s super funky!<br />oo0ooo Very super funky!<br />ooo0ooo That’s very super funky!<br />Acton©2010<br />
  18. 18. RFFC Feet – Bee Sting Fighting!<br />0 Bad!<br />o0 That’s bad!<br />oo0 Very bad!<br />ooo0 That’s very bad!<br />0o Nasty!<br />o0o That’s Nasty!<br />oo0o Very Nasty!<br />ooo0o That’s very Nasty!<br />0oo Dangerous!<br />o0oo That’s Dangerous!<br />oo0oo Very Dangerous!<br />ooo0oo That’s very Dangerous!<br />0ooo Devastating!<br />o0ooo That’s Devastating!<br />oo0ooo Very Devastating!<br />ooo0ooo That’s very Devastating!<br />Acton©2010<br />
  19. 19. Benediction<br />[Left] May the wind oo0<br />[Right] Be at your back ooo0<br />[Left] And the sun upon oo0oo<br />[Right] Your face o0<br />[Left] May the road rise up to meet you oooooo0o<br />[Right] Good fortune greet you ooo0o<br />[Left] And you win the big one! oooo0o<br />Acton©2010<br />

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