English Australia Journal : English Australia Journal 31.2
Volume 31 No 2 74 English Australia Journal Procedure Once students have been introduced to how to tap according to strong and weak syllables, the following key words are used to train the learners in the Butterfly Technique (the underlined parts represent strong syllables): 1. Nice – one firm tap on right shoulder 2. Easy – one firm tap one right shoulder, one gentle tap on left forearm 3. Beautiful – one firm tap on right shoulder, two gentle taps on left forearm 4. Fascinating – one firm tap on right shoulder, three gentle taps on left forearm Once completed, weak syllables preceding the target words are added, such as: 1. That’s nice 2. Very easy 3. That’s very fascinating The following link can be accessed for further details on the Butterfly Technique: http://vimeo.com/61190793 In the initial training phase, doing these key words and rhythm groups should be done slowly to ensure that all the learners are able to feel the strong and weak syllables. At the same time, they should become comfortable with moving their bodies, attending to the syllables and articulating English (for some students this can challenging at first). However, once the entire cycle is completed, the pace can be increased. Also, when students have gained confidence (and the classroom volume increases while overall enjoyment rises), they can practice by themselves and/or be put in pairs to go through the cycle. After a few minutes of practice, the class then typically moves on to dialogue work. Simple dialogues (such as those in a speaking textbook) in which the strong syllables are highlighted and rhythm groups are identified typically suffice for this (more advanced students could be asked to highlight the prominent/strong syllables by themselves or in small groups). The following is an example of a dialogue we created and used with students during a lesson featuring the theme of ‘travelling’: A: Hey, Peter. // How’s it goin’? B: Super. // You?
English Australia Journal 31.1
English Australia Journal 32.1