3 Neurocognitive Strategies to Help Learn English
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When our English as a Foreign Language learners step into our classrooms, they often have preconceptions of their abilities to learn English. Some students may consider themselves good at learning languages so they expect to learn English easily. Others may feel they are not so academic so they expect to struggle. These expectations can be our learners’ downfall. We need to help them understand that learning is a skill which we can all master, provided we have the motivation and dedication, regardless of our talents. To help them realise this, here are three neurocognitive strategies which can help their brains learn.
Here are 3 neurocognitive strategies to help learn English
Focused versus diffused thinking
Focused thinking is what we all think we need to learn. It is the time we are concentrating and thinking intently about the subject matter. It is certainly needed to learn information – we can’t learn if we are distracted – but focused thinking actually doesn’t always result in learning. We need to utilise focused thinking in collaboration with diffused thinking.
Diffused thinking is basically daydreaming. It’s the learning that takes place when we are daydreaming or our minds are wandering. In other words, we are not totally focused on the learning matter. In fact though, our minds are still processing any new information we have taken in.
If your students are struggling to concentrate, let them set a timer for themselves. They can focus for 20 minutes and then take a break for 5 minutes. They can repeat this as much as is necessary. This tactic will allow them to concentrate for a time and then recharge their batteries.
Learning is all about creating relationships and making connections between information. In order to be learnt effectively, new information should be related to old information. In this way, the connections between concepts will be solidified. In other words, we don’t learn information in isolation, we learn it in relation to what we already know.
This might mean that the new information can build on known information because it is similar or a logical progression, or perhaps it is totally different and contrasts with what is already known. Linking is one reason translation can be a useful tool in class, if it is used effectively.
There is power in automation. A lot of language is automatic. When we speak, there are many situations where we respond without thinking because we automatically know how to respond. What this means for our classrooms is that we need to drill certain language patterns into our learners.
They need to engage with these language patterns regularly and methodically in order to learn them off by heart. This will help them respond off the cuff when appropriate. This does not mean that all language must be learnt by drilling, only the language that has predictable patterns.
Three simple strategies which can help your students learn. Learning is a process which takes time and effort so if there are any helpful hints we can give to our learners we should hand them out without hesitation.
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- If the personal information we hold about you is no longer necessary for the purposes for which we originally collected it.
- The processing is based on consent – if you have previously given your consent to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD collecting and processing your personal information, and you notify us that you withdraw your consent. Please note: withdrawing your consent does not mean the processing of your personal data which occurred before the withdrawal was unlawful.
- We are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes, and you want us to stop.
- If you think ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has processed your personal information unlawfully.
If you think any of the above situations apply, we may ask you for an explanation and further information to verify this.
Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.