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Week 1: Why NeuroELT Matters: Our Stories, Our Growth

Curtis Kelly, Marc Helgesen, Joseph Shaules

We are English teachers, and yet we are involved in studying neuroscience, psychology and culture. Each of us will talk about our transformation from being a traditional English teacher to one that relies on these fields, and some of the problems our studies have helped us solve.

Week 2: Learning 101: An Introduction to NeuroELT

Curtis Kelly

We are in the business of memory, which means learning.  And yet, most of us have just a vague understanding of how learning happens.  This week, we’ll look at some of the key factors of learning, including personal relevance, novelty, sleep, movement, and dopamine release.  Then we’ll discuss how these work in the classroom.  And, if there is time, expect a surprise: how faulty memory is really part of a mechanism that helps us succeed.

Week 3: Do-It-Yourself NuroELT: Making your textbook more brain friendly

Marc Helgesen

English Language Teaching (ELT) textbooks are written with many things in mind: grammar, vocabulary, tasks and motivation among them. Rarely, however, do textbook authors think about brain science when crafting their textbooks. Fortunately, there are many things classroom teachers can do to make books better in light of the recently findings of brain science. This session will present seven practical suggestions for teachers interested in modifying their books.

Week 4: The Linguaculture Classroom

Joseph Shaules

Many teachers understand that language and culture are closely related, yet struggle to introduce cultural elements into language teaching. Cognitive neuroscience, however, is helping us understand the language-culture connection in the brain, thus providing hints about how to do this. We’ll see that from the neurocognitive perspective, both language and culture learning involve the integration of foreign patterns into cognitive systems, and that student nervousness and resistance is closely related to the adaptive stresses of culture shock.


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iTDi Advanced Course

NeuroELT: Language Learning and the Brain with Curtis Kelly, Marc Helgesen, and Joseph Shaules

Neuroscience is changing the world. It is unraveling the mysteries of the very most basic elements of our profession – language, learning, and culture – and yet, because these findings are so new, they have not made much impact on our field yet. We wish, as language teachers ourselves, to change that. Let’s look at how the brain processes emotion, memory, and meaning, and examine ways we can apply these findings to our classrooms.

Live sessions (registered participants only)

  • November 2nd – course participants only (60 minutes)
  • November 9th – course participants only (60 minutes)
  • November 16th – course participants only (60 minutes)
  • November 30th – course participants only (60 minutes)

Time: 12:00 - 13:00 GMT

Get certified in NeuroELT with iTDi. Teachers taking the four classes (live or through recordings) and participating in the class forum discussions can get a Certificate of Completion. Teachers opting for the Certificate of Accomplishment will be expected to complete an additional project demonstrating understanding and an ability to apply course content to their own teaching contexts.

Enroll in the entire course for only US $49

Course + Evaluation + Certificate of Accomplishment US $75

Questions? Contact support@itdi.pro


Curtis kelly

Curtis Kelly (EdD), Professor, Kandai University, Osaka, has spent most of his life developing learner-centered materials for “3L” students, students with low ability, low confidence, and low motivation. He has given over 350 presentations and written over 30 books, including Active Skills for Communication (Cengage), and Writing from Within (Cambridge). He is also the coordinator of the JALT Brain Special Interest Group.

Marc Helgesen

Marc Helgesen, Professor, Miyagi Gakuin Women's University, Sendai, Japan has written over 150 articles, books and textbooks on English Language Teaching including the English Firsthand series for Pearson Education. He has been an invited speaker at conferences on 5 continents. He maintains two public websites: www.ELTandHappiness.com and www.HelgesenHandouts.weebly.com


Joseph Shaules

Joseph Shaules (PhD) has been a tenured faculty at Rikkyo University and a special associate professor at Rikkyo's Graduate School of Intercultural Communication. He directs the Japan Intercultural Institute (JII) and is Japan specialist for Intercultures, Germany. Books include Identity (OUP), Deep Culture (Multilingual Matters) and The Intercultural Mind: Connecting Culture, Cognition and Global Living. (Intercultural Press)