What is the best way to learn new pronunciation according to motor learning principals?
Learning a new accent requires that you
1. Learn how to position of your mouth
2. Master the smoothness and accuracy of movements
This type of learning is referred to as motor learning since it involves movement. Motor learning principals suggest that an external focus, how to make a sound, aids learning. That is why all of our books start with HOW to say a sound.
Motor learning must quickly move from this external focus, to a more reflective, internal focus. An internal focus, or how you perceive the sound, establishes a pattern. That is why our programs QUICKLY move to you reflecting on the new production. How do you sound? How does your mouth feel? Do you think you are correct? This type of reflection will make your new way of speaking quickly become second nature.