Shizuoka JALT:

ASC Brain Science and Materials Design; followed by End-of-Year Party!

Date: Sunday, December 9th, 2012 Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Speaker: Curtis Kelly

Part 1: Brain Plasticity and Learning: The Role of Emotion, Cognition and Movement

We learn because the brain is plastic. It is not hard-wired as was long believed, and we are now learning how the reward system affects plasticity and learning, including the super-learning we call addiction. Dopamine is essential for permanent learning, and the fact that the reward system connects the cognitive, emotional, memory, and movement parts of our brains give us clues as to what we need to do in the language classroom.

Part 2: Using Brain Science in Lesson Planning

How can we use neuroscience to improve language teaching? How can we design materials that are brain-compatible? The presenter will show how he used concepts from brain science to make activities in Active Skills For Communication brain friendly, and ask participants to design their own.

After our meeting, we'll be having our annual bonenkai at a nearby buffet restaurant.

Organization: Shizuoka Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (Shizuoka JALT)

Cost: JALT Members: free
Non-members: 1,000 yen

Venue: Kyoiku Kaikan (B1)

Location: Shizuoka City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan


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