New ways teachers can improve student learning based on current brain research


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Our Ability to Recognize Letters Could Be Hardwired Into Our Brains



new research suggesting a link between written language and something more fundamental in our brains could mean we need to look again at Chomsky’s ideas. The study, published in the journal Royal Society Open Science, found that participants could guess what sounds were represented by letters from unfamiliar alphabets at rates better than you would expect from simple chance. If we have an innate ability to understand writing, then perhaps language more generally is something found much deeper in brains than other learned skills.


Languages and Brain Corner: A neuroscientist explains how being bilingual makes your brain more robust


Good news for us bilinguals, excerpt:

“And the one thing we know is that bilinguals are much better in cognitive control than monolinguals. Many, many studies have found that cognitive control is one of the most decisive variables, one of the most important pieces of cognitive function. People that have good cognitive control do good at school, typically find better jobs, are healthier. They have better social insertion.

“Bilingualism improves cognitive control. Cognitive control improves cognition in a way that impacts many, many things in life. And bilingualism doesn’t have a risk of actually delaying our linguistic experience.”

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Our brains are wired to forget — How does that affect language learning?


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Using Brain-Based Principles to Combat Memory Loss in English Studies


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Research on Code-Switching in Bilinguals



Undertaken with the help of volunteer young adults in the UAE who speak Arabic and English, the work found that, when bilingual people change languages naturally, without being required to, the regions of the brain in charge of exerting control appear to not be involved at all. This result ties in with the perception of bilinguals that changing languages is not taxing.“I think the surprising part of the findings is the complete absence of these executive control demands in fully natural conversation or a fully free production [naming] task,” said Prof Pylkkänen.

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The Awesome Power of Gestures in English Language Teaching


All teachers use gestures as part of their comprehensible input strategies.  Read more here about being even more purposeful in When body meets mind in learning at


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