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May 13, 2010

New ELT News column: 'Get Neuro-Psyched' by Robert Murphy

RobertMurphy.jpgELT News would like to welcome Robert Murphy as a new columnist. He will be writing about developments in neuroscience and psychology and discussing their relevance to teaching English as a foreign language. Robert is keen for readers of ELT News to send him questions to discuss in his column. Some of the questions he already plans to discuss are: How does memory really work? How can we get our students to learn English more quickly? Is punishment ok? What do you think about grammar-translation from a neuroscience perspective? Does sleep matter? How do neurons work? Are there bad ways of raising motivation? Click here to send Robert additional questions.

Robert Murphy is a doctoral student in Cognitive Development and Applied Linguistics with over 18 years of teaching experience in Japan. He is a bilingual university instructor and the principal of Murphy School of Education. He has an MA in TEFL/TESL from the University of Birmingham. In recent years he has been working closely with professors, staff and graduates of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and their online WIDE World program, with the goal of connecting their most recent research in neuroscience, psychology, health and education to TEFL in the Japanese context.

He is the author of the OPTIMAL LEVELS series from Deeper Understanding Books. Robert is the coordinator and founding member of ETJ Kitakyushu and officer of JALT Kitakyushu.

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