Kyoto JALT:

Memory And Learning In Language Teaching

Date: Sunday, April 12th, 2015 Time: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Speaker: Curtis Kelly (Kansai University)

Part 1: The Secret Mission of Memory and How it Helps Us Make Meaning from Language
If you are a normal person, you have memory problems. There is no physiological reason we should mix up so many things, but we do. However, faulty memory reveals what Daniel Schacter calls the sole purpose of memory. Even more surprising, by understanding why memory is so variable, we also gain insights on how the brain processes and remembers language. According to Bergen, rather than rote retrieval, we process language through embodied simulation.

Part 2: Learning 101: Applying The Concepts
Let's look briefly at about 16 key factors of learning discovered by neuroscience. The presenter will explain the most important, such as spaced repetition, deep processing, brain compatible modes of delivery, emotion as cognition, and personal relevance. Then let's discuss them and make individual action plans to incorporate them into our teaching.

Presenter bio:
Popular speaker and writer Curtis Kelly (EdD) is a Professor of English at Kansai University in Japan. Since his life mission is to "relieve the suffering of the classroom," he has spent most of his life developing learner-centered approaches for "3L" English students: students with low ability, low confidence, and low motivation. He has written over 30 books, including Significant Scribbles (Longman), Active Skills for Communication (Cengage), and Writing from Within (Cambridge). He has also made over 350 presentations on neuroscience, adult education, motivation, and teaching writing.

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

Cost: JALT Members: free
Non-members: 500 yen

Venue: Campus Plaza Kyoto (map)

Location: Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan


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