This week’s newsletter tema is fascinating to me and I understand that around el mundo, there is a fascination with learning y el cerebro. He hecho some research and found articles about how language learning affects el cerebro of both niños y adultos.
The following quotes are sacados de a book called, “How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience, and School” by John D. Bransford, Ann L. Brown, and Rodney R. Cocking.
Aquí hay some conclusions that were made en el libro that I found interesting:
- Learning changes the physical structure del cerebro. These structural changes alter the functional organization del cerebro; en otras palabras, learning organizes and reorganizes el cerebro. New synapses are added that would never have existed without learning, and the wiring diagram del cerebro continúa to be reorganized throughout one’s life.
Detailed knowledge de procesos del cerebro that underlie language has emerged in recent years. Por ejemplo, there appear to be separate areas del cerebro that specialize in subtasks such as hearing palabras (spoken language of others), seeing words (reading), speaking words (speech), and generating words (thinking with language). …classes de palabras, pictures, and other categorías de información that involve complex cognitive processing on a repeated basis activate el cerebro.
Activation sets into motion the events that are encoded as part of long-term memory.
- One of the simplest reglas is that practice increases learning.
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Before we go on with the rest of the research, here are a few of my own personal tips and teorías about language learning based on experiencia and observación over the past nine years:
- Don’t try to cram. Language learning is menos eficaz in a once-a-week cram session. Instead, study 20-30 minutes al día, three to five days per week. To put a palabra into your long-term memoria, it should be used and reworked in meaningful ways about 50 veces. That’s why our courses repeat the same palabras in so many different activities and lessons.
Research shows that niños can learn new languages faster than adultos. I agree with this statement in some areas like pronunciation. That is why our company has created a complete CD that focuses on pronunciation – so adultos can tackle it and learn it well. However, it is my belief that adultos can learn some aspects of a foreign language quicker and easier than niños – por ejemplo sentence building.
This is why our course focuses on this method of learning and has been tan eficaz. With our course, adults effectively learn to build sentences in Spanis h from the first lesson.
- Why else do niños seem to learn faster? …Because they learn by experiencing, by seeing and doing. Most adult language and academic learning courses teach estudiantes by having them memorize boring lists of vocabulario. Nuestros cursos teach using visual images, audio, typing and verbal repetition that help adults “experience” Spanish.
Vocabulario de la semana – Vocabulary of the Week
Correction: from 2 weeks ago (“hánnanos” should be “hágannos”)
tema – topic (theme)
el mundo – the world
y el cerebro – and the brain
he hecho – I have done
niños – children
y – and
adultos – adults
sacados de – taken from
se puede encontrar en – it can be found at
aquí hay – here are
en el libro – in the book
del cerebro – of the brain
en otras palabras – in other words
continúa – continues
de procesos del cerebro – of brain processes
por ejemplo – for example
areas del cerebro – brain areas (areas is spelled the same in each language)
palabras – words
de – of/fr om/about
categorías de información – categories of information
reglas – rules
teorías – theories
experiencia – experience
observación – observation
menos eficaz – less effective
al día – a day
memoria – memory
veces – times
tan eficaz – so effective
estudiantes – students
nuestros cursos – our courses
que recibimos – that we receive
beneficios – benefits
educación básica – basic education
con éxito – with success (successfully)
porción verbal – verbal portion
demostró – demonstrated
matemáticas – math
en los casos de niños – in the cases of children
destreza – skill
Written by David S. Clark – President of Visual Link Spanish who says…
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