Two good sessions tomorrow from the British Council – free to attend online.
Here’s the blurb for both sessions:
TITLE: Does learning a foreign language make you smarter? Scientific research on the cognitive costs and benefits of learning a foreign language
BY: Miguel Angel Munoz
There are many reasons to learn a language. Cognitive development is often one of the most cited ones. Learning a language is said to improve memory, attention, multitasking performance and mental health. Language learners and teachers can benefit from a deeper understanding of the mental benefits associated with learning a foreign language but this understanding should be based on sound scientific evidence rather than pop psychology. This presentation aims to present a balanced and accessible overview of the latest research published in this area in order to dispel some myths and highlight the real cognitive benefits of learning a foreign language.
TITLE: There are rules, and there are rules: What should we teach about language learning?
BY: Michael Rundell
This seminar asks, who makes the rules about what makes language ‘correct’? Is there one ‘Standard English’ to which we all must adhere, or should we expect linguistic rules to be bent and broken over time? Join this presentation for an alternative (but equally rigorous) view of learning about language.
Programme (approx.) BST TIMES
1800 – 1855 Does learning a foreign language make you smarter? Scientific research on the cognitive costs and benefits of learning a foreign language with Miguel Angel Munoz
1855 – 1905 Short break
1905 – 2000 There are rules, and there are rules: What should we teach about language learning? with Michael Rundell
Click here to register and get more info: http://englishagenda.britishcouncil.org/seminars/does-learning-foreign-language-make-you-smarter-what-should-we-teach-about-language-learnin