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.
Curtis Kelly, Marc Helgesen, and Joseph Shaules are English teachers who are involved in studying neuroscience, psychology and culture. In each session, they will explore what science has discovered about how we learn, and how how learning about neurolinguistics can make us more effective teachers.
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About 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: ELTandHappiness.com and HelgesenHandouts.
About 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
About 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).
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