Nagoya JALT:

DIY NeuroELT: Seven keys for making your textbook more brain-friendly

Date: Saturday, October 21st, 2017 Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Speaker: Marc Helgesen

Whoever wrote your textbook was thinking about grammar and vocabulary, perhaps tasks and motivation - and was probably not focused on brain science. But the brain is where learning occurs. As MBE (Mind/Brain/Education) pioneer famously said, "Designing curriculum without knowing about the brain is like designing a glove without knowing about the hand." This session will introduce seven (7) quick and easy ways to make your textbook (yes, even Monkasho-approved books!) more appropriate for brain-compatible learning. We'll specifically look at modifying textbooks tasks to make them better. They are:

  • Go for emotion!
  • Give learners choices
  • The brain needs novelty
  • Teach across the senses
  • Learners need a challenge
  • Let learners create
  • Personalize

Practical examples, plus the science behind each idea will be presented. Teachers are encouraged to bring along a textbook they are teaching. In the workshop sections of the session, you'll be encouraged to think about how you can modify it. See Marc's webpages for more on this topic.

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

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

Venue: Nagoya International Center, Floor 5

Location: Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture, Japan


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