Texas Tech University

Granted: Kimi Nakatsukasa

$97,165

Kimi Nakatsukasa, Aaron Braver, Miranda Scholari, all professors in Texas Tech University's College of Arts & Sciences

Who

Kimi Nakatsukasa, Lead PI and Assistant Professor of Gestures/Language Pedagogy in the Department of Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures; Aaron Braver, Assistant Professor specializing in Phonetics and Phonology in the Department of English; Miranda Scolari, Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences); Tommy Dang, Assistant Professor in the Edward E. Whitacre College of Engineering.

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In Her Words

"It was particularly helpful to get the "outsider view" from Brendan to make the proposal more accessible and attractive to the readers."

—Dr. Kimi Nakatsukasa

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Project Title

Teaching Foreign Language Pronunciation through Educational Avatars

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What This Research Will Accomplish

This Seed Grant for Interdisciplinary Research (SGIR) through Texas Tech University was awarded for a project that seeks to bring physical gesturing into the digital realm of language pedagogy. As digital language learning has taken off—with somewhat mixed results in practice—a simultaneous set of studies have revealed such strategies as vowel timing via handclapping to be highly useful in the physical classroom. This project will test whether these worlds can be united.

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Granting Agency

Texas Tech University SGIR competition

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Amount

$97,165

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Research Period

Summer 2017 – Fall 2018

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How Grant Editing Made the Difference

Revisions were centered on the basic sales pitch of the proposal: what is the story we are telling about our project? Organization and phrasing were also developed in this successful proposal.

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Contact:
Brendan Allison, Grant Editor
College of Arts & Sciences
806-834-6415
brendan.allison@ttu.edu

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