International NeuroELT Conference


International NeuroELT Conference:

International Conference on Neuroscience and
Language Teaching


University of Macau
November 12-13, 2016






I. What is NeuroELT?

This is a new interdisciplinary field within the fields of Applied Linguistics and Educational Neuroscience. It is the convergence of neuroscience and English language teaching, thus “NeuroELT.”

The Conference will be held together with prominent FAB/NeuroELT-founders, as invited speakers, Robert Murphy, Ai Murphy, Curtis Kelly, Marc Helgesen, Tim Murphey, Amanda Gillis-Furutaka, and Stephen Jugovic.


SCHEDULE of NeuroELT Conference




Everyone is still welcome to attend
(Email if questions:
Send an ABSTRACT to present:CLOSED
Apply for a Room at the University of Macau Hostel:CLOSED

II. The Conference: general overview and objectives:

This conference aims to provide an international learning environment to present recent and current information in the field of MBE (Mind, Brain, and Education. This has a strong impact on current classroom strategies involving effective and innovative Language teaching. The conference theme of ‘NeuroELT’ is the combination of both Educational Neuroscience and English Language Teaching. However, what is discussed in this conference, could have significant value for all language teachers, educators, and anyone with an interest in how psychology and neuroscience effects classroom practice.

III. Presentation Guidelines:

How can Neuroscience, Psychology, and English Language Teaching (ELT) inform each other for the benefit of students and teachers? This question is at the core of our FAB conferences. Our understanding of the brain is making advances every day, and yet, few of these advances have yet made an impact on language teaching. We intend to change that. We hope that by providing conferences like this, we can share what we have learned. We encourage teachers to teach themselves about advances in neuroscience, integrate these findings into their understanding of teaching, and teach the rest of us through presentations or conversations at the conference.

Presentation Formats
Available presentation formats available are:
1) Poster sessions (freestyle)
2) Book Talk (10 min. x 3)
3) Pecha Kucha sessions (6:40 min 20sec x 20slides) 
4) Short presentations (20 min.)
5) Long presentations (50 min.)
6) Research Strand presentations (20 min.)

Poster Sessions are free form discussions held simultaneously. Prepare a poster.

Book Talks are short, small group presentations on a book related to neuroELT that you read. Explain your take-aways from the book for 5 minutes and discuss them with your group for 5 more.

Pecha Kucha sessions are timed PowerPoint presentations that are more of an art form than an explanation. They work best when a humorous or thought-provoking message is used. PK sessions can provide a lot of information in a short time so they are an ideal presentation format.

Info on PK sessions:

Example PK sessions
From Curtis

From Robert

The Research Strand will be a series of academic presentations specifically oriented towards other researchers or experts in neuroscience. These will be held in a special room.

The other presentations should be oriented towards a wide range of teachers, providing meaningful information that can improve their professional understanding. In general, presentations should include the following attributes:
– a topic that includes some aspect of psychology or neuroscience, rather than a pure TESL presentation topic
– the value to the audience, which is made clear near the beginning
– ways that the information can be used in teaching

Presentation assistance offer:
Making an effective presentation is never easy, even for experts. Therefore, some of the more experienced presenters are offering help to anyone who would like it, the same way they sometimes help each other. It can be advice on how to craft your presentation, advice on a live presentation given over Skype, or feedback for changes afterwards.
For Presentation help, mail us here.

IV. Examples of previous presentations:

• NeuroELT: What can Language Teachers Learn from Neuroscience?
• Lesson Planning with the Brain in Mind!
• Cognitive Theory Applied to ESL
• Spaced Repetition, Mnemonics, and Beyond: Connecting • Neuroscience and Vocabulary Building Methods
• 7 Keys to Making Your Textbook More Brain-Friendly
• Helping Reconstruct the Mindset for Learning
• The Positive Social Neuroscience of Singing!
• The Teaching Brain!
• NeuroELT and Language Learning Strategies
• Foreign Language Learning and the Intercultural Mind
• How Poor Memory Is Unlocking the Secrets of Language Processing
• Classroom Movement, Exercise & Learning Brain
• Flipping points: Mental switching from L1 to L2

V. Thematic lines:

The Organizing Committee accepts works from the following themes such as (but not limited to):

  • Language teaching in the classroom
  • Activities and approaches to teaching that are brain-based learning
  • Psychology of learning in the classroom
  • Educational Neuroscience, how the brain acquires language
  • Cognitive processes of learning and teaching
  • MBE (Mind, Brain and Education)
  • HMBE (Health, Mind, Brain and Education)
  • Increasing neural pathways in relation to language acquisition
  • Pedagogical practices for teaching languages at a higher neurological level
  • Social Science of Education
  • Neuroscience and Positive Psychology
  • Neurologically Aligned Groups for Motor Empathy
  • Neuroscience into the Classroom, anywhere K-12 to University
  • ANYTHING that brings Neuroscience equipment or technology into the conference – demonstrations of EEG’s, etc.

Implications of Neuroscience applied to the classroom  

VI. NeuroELT Invited Speakers:

Robert Murphy

Professor & Textbook Writer
University of Kitakyushu, Japan


Presentation Titles:

NeuroELT pedagogy –it is a reality!

Plug & Play Neuroscientific Maxims for your Classroom!

Curtis Kelly

Professor & Textbook Writer
Kansai University, Japan


Presentation Titles:

The Plastic Brain: How Emotion, Simulation and Neural Teamwork Shape Learning

How Preschool (& Exec Function) Can Save the World

Neuroscience of Materials Writing

Marc Helgesen

Professor & Textbook Writer
Miyagi Gakuin Women’s University, Japan


Presentation Titles:

A students’ DIY guide to brain-friendly classes

Let’s get physical – The brain/body connection in the EFL classroom

Tim Murphey

Professor & Textbook Writer
Kanda University, Japan


Presentation Titles:

Four Social Neuroscience On-Going Requisites for Effective Collaborative Learning and the Altruistic Turn

Enhancing the Plasticity of Students’ Zones of Proximal Adjustment (ZPA) for Better Socio-Cognitive Interaction and Learning

Ai Murphy

Director & Textbook Writer
Murphy Education, Japan


Presentation Titles:

Eat Healthy, Be Smart!- Food Education in EFL Classrooms

Neuroscience-based Teaching – It’s for Real!

Joseph Shaules

Professor & Textbook Writer
Juntendo University, Tokyo, Japan


Presentation Titles:

The Alienated Learner and Embodied Cognitive Resistance

The Linguaculture Classroom

Amanda Gillis-Furutaka

Kyoto Sango University, Japan


Presentation Titles:

The Neuroscience of Music: Is There More to Music than Meets the Ear

Flipping points: Mental switching from L2 to L1

Kevin M Maher

University of Macau


Presentation Titles:

Connecting the Synapses: From Brain Studies to Acquiring Language

Sleep and Dreams and the Effects on Memory and Skill Acquisition

Stephen Jugovic

Biwako Seikei Sport College, Japan


Presentation Titles:

Improving Cognitive Function- Findings from Intermittent Movement, Fitness and Exercise Research

Attention and Memory- Cognitive Processes Involved in Transfer and Retrieval



VI. Call for Presentation and Papers

  • Abstracts should be sent by MONDAY, OCTOBER 10th.
  • Acceptance letters will be sent within ten days from submission.


VII. On-Campus Restaurants & Businesses

  • As this conference is FREE, we will only be providing water, coffee and a few snacks.  We will not be catering the event.  Please plan accordingly.
  • Attached is a map of restaurants and businesses on campus:


VIII. Hotels

  • We do have 30 DORMITORY ROOMS available on the University of Macau campus.
    • However, you must reserve with us, beforehand.
    • Presenters will have first priority.
    • First come, first serve basis.
    • Costs will be 250 Patacas per night.
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We do not have On-Campus housing available for everyone.  Some helpful tips, if you are looking for a Hotel in Macau:

  • Avoid Zhuhai.  It’s in China, and you’d need a visa to go back and forth.
  • Taipa is MOST accessible to the University of Macau.

The following are suggested hotels in Taipa:

Galaxy Resort
Address: Avenida de Cotai, Cotai City, Macao
Tel: 28880888

The Venetian Macao
Address: Estrada da Baía de N. Senhora da Esperança, s/n, Taipa
Tel: 2882 8888

Grand Hyatt Macao
Address: City of Dreams, Estrada do Istmo, Cotai, Macao
Tel: 88681234

Crown Towers
Address: Estrada do Istmo, Cotai, Macao
Tel: 8868 6888

Regency Hotel Macau
Address: Estrasa Almirante Marques, Taipa
Tel:  2883 1234

Best Western Hotel Taipa-Macao
Address: Estrada Governador Nobre Carvalho No.822, Taipa, Maca0 SAR-China
Tel:  2882 1666

Hotel Taipa Square
Address: Rua de Chaves, Taipa, Macao
Tel:  2883 9933

Grandview Hotel Macau
Address: 142 Estrada Governador Albano de Oliveira,Taipa, Macao
Tel:  2883 7788/ 2883 7777

Hard Rock Hotel Macau
Address:City of Dreams, Estrada do Istmo, Cotai, Macau
Tel: 8868 3338

Altira Macau
Address:Avenida de Kwong Tung, Taipa, Macao
Tel: 2886 8888



Send an ABSTRACT to present:CLOSED