Free Interactive Lecture on English Language Learning and the Brain
The Psycholinguistics of Spoken English: What Your Brain is Hiding From You to be held June 26
SANTA FE – Over the past few decades a number of non-English speakers have moved into northern New Mexico. Many of these individuals have learned English and are doing well, but others still struggle to effectively learn the language.
English Language Training Solutions (ELTS) will sponsor an interactive lecture by linguist Dr. Robin Barr on Friday, June 26 for English language instructors, teacher educators, linguists, and language enthusiasts. All are invited to take part in this evening event to be held in the conference room at Garrett’s Desert Inn at 311 Old Santa Fe Trail, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m..
“People think of spoken language mostly as a combination of consonants and vowels,” explains Barr. “But psycholinguistic studies show that speaking and listening depend more on stress, rhythm, and intonation. The human brain mostly suppresses these features, presenting language teachers with the unique challenge of teaching skills that elude their own awareness.”
The evening lecture is part of Sound Awareness 2015, a three-day professional retreat for language teachers, speech therapists, and other language professionals. The evening lecture, open to the public, is an opportunity for educators to learn powerful multi-modal techniques that reveal what our brains hide from us on a daily basis and what we can do to teach language more effectively.
Dr. Barr is Linguist in Residence in the Department of Language and Foreign Studies at American University in Washington DC. She holds a PhD in Linguistics from Harvard with concentrations in both Indo-European and psycholinguistics.
“Dr. Barr is a captivating presenter with unique and powerful insights on this topic; come with an open mind, and you’ll leave with it unmistakably blown,” says Karen Taylor de Caballero, Director of English Language Training Solutions (ELTS), who will introduce the lecture.
The public is invited to attend this lecture at no cost. Donations will be accepted. Learn more about Sound Awareness 2015 and Dr. Barr’s evening lecture at elts.solutions/workshops
About English Language Training Solutions
English Language Training Solutions (ELTS) is an educational training and publishing company dedicated to the effective teaching and learning of English as an additional language. Based in Santa Fe, ELTS was founded in 2011 by Karen Taylor de Caballero and Shirley Thompson, who, after collaborating as English as a Second Language teachers for over a decade, recognized the need for high-quality professional development in the area of phonological awareness for the purposes of teaching and learning spoken English, pronunciation, vocabulary development, basic literacy, and early reading.