Many teaching certifications typically include various instructional approaches and methods but often exclude the students’ important cognitive processes of how actual learning takes place. Why do students have difficulty sitting and concentrating for extended periods or forget recently taught content so quickly? Is the student staring out the window as a result of boredom, a limited attention span or actually consolidating the information? Over the past decade or so, advances in neuroimaging technology have given us significantly greater understanding of the human brain, leading to the emergence of Mind, Brain and Education, Science (MBE). Further to this, NeuroELT - where neuroscience informs language teaching, is providing valuable content and supporting teachers in Japan and abroad through the JALT Brain SIG and FAB conferences.
Considering NeuroELT relates to MBE, this session is suitable for a variety of teaching contexts. Amongst the broad spectrum of research areas, the presenter will include topics regarding the crucial keys to learning- attention and memory, the importance of intermittent movement, exercise and other biological aspects such as sleep and nutrition. Based on the content presented, a brief closing workshop will engage participants in creating a simple interactive Q & A; poster mini-session, employing a method able to be replicated with a variety of topics. It is anticipated that attendees will move a little and be able to transfer and retrieve the information to and from long-term- memory!