University Foreign Language Learning Workshop: Kara Morgan-Short (University of Illinois, Chicago) – “Implications of neurolinguistic research for teaching second languages”

November 8, 2019
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Eads Hall 203 (Danforth Campus)

“Implications of neurolinguistic research for teaching second languages”

Dr. Kara Morgan-Short will present a workshop. This workshop aims to provide an overview of some key findings from neurolinguistic research that have implications for second language teaching. First, I will provide a brief overview of well-established findings regarding how first and second languages are processed and stored in the brain based on functional magnetic resonance imaging and electrophysiology. Then, I will present a summary of results related to what we know about the brain and second language development. Some of the findings are generally informative to how second languages are learned without specific implications for teaching, but others have more direct implications for teaching. A structured, interactive discussion will allow attendees to consider how this research may inform their own teaching.

The Washington University Foreign Language Learning Colloquium Speaker Series is sponsored by the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures; the Department of Psychology; the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures; the Department of Jewish, Islamic and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures; the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, the Department of Education, and the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.