How do we learn languages
Professor Gerald Huther is a specialist in the area of learning languages (with enthusiasm) and the transformations that consequently occur in the learners’ brains.
He explains that the information we learn that has no relevance to the subject scarcely stays in the brain and quickly disappears from memory. This assumption should be taken into account when learning new languages/languages (English, French, “Portuguese”).
The information will be retained in the memory if we connect it with previously acquired knowledge. This is true for learning new languages as well as for the learning processes of any new information.
At the same time, our emotional centers must be activated. This means that the English teacher (or French “or Portuguese”) must be sure that the information is presented in a way that interests the students!
“This means that we must make sure that the subject matter taught in schools gets under students´ skin”.
We need to learning content with reference points and also contextualized content. It is particularly important that language teachers can find ways to engage the emotions and enthusiasm of students that are learning new languages.
For Hurther, Enthusiasm (when learning new languages) is the fertilizer of the brain!
This information should be used by teachers and students in order to find teaching-learning contexts that capture students’ attention. This effort must be joint and the responsibility for the success of the teaching-learning process should be shared by all involved. Teachers can only find the appropriate contexts through active student participation.
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