F.I.A. has been developing rhythm training methods and materials since 1972, when the “Rhythm Eikaiwa” (Rhythmic English Conversation) trademark was registered with the Japanese Government Patent Office.
Through drilling of the most basic and useful patterns of spoken English (question, negative and affirmative), these patterns become as automatic as recalling a multiplication table. Unconciously, through listening and repetition, students come to acquire the natural rhythms and patterns of spoken English.
Rhythm Training methods and materials are specially designed to aid students in developing correct English
pronunciation, stress, rhythm and flow. Graduated series of audio materials can be used with a variety of drills and techniques.
Drills are composed of two parts: repetitions and substitutions. Students follow the tape, listening and repeating what they hear through a series of repetitions in a pattern. The students continue by substituting cues given (subjects, pronouns, objects, tenses) into the patterns being practiced, manipulating language and grammar within the confines of rhythm. This eliminates time for translation, allowing the student to concentrate solely on listening to native spoken English and immediately reproducing it.
Three sets of materials are available:
- Upbeat audio tapes – for basic students
- Handicap audio tapes – 5 levels (A to E) of material for basic to advanced students
- Mouthercise Video Series – for all levels
Each of these sets is accompanied by tape scripts which can be used for reference by the student, or for use with a teacher or fellow student for more personalized partner training.
Whether teaching children or adults, F.I.A. offers materials and assistance in the form of audio or video tapes, Rhythm Training videos for children, and the Mouthercise Rhythm Training Clinic video for professional development. Rhythm Training cassettes are also available to assist teachers and for individual study. All are produced by F.I.A. and distributed by Chikyuujin mura, Global Village of Japan.