UM promotes application of neuroscience in language teaching
澳大推動應用腦科學英語教學

25 Nov 2016


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The International NeuroELT Conference: Neuroscience and Language Teaching was recently held at the University of Macau (UM). 128 scholars from Chile, Brazil, Japan, Indonesia, South Korea, the Philippines, mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macao, attended the conference and discussed the relationship between language teaching and the latest developments in educational neuroscience.

The theme of the conference, ‘NeuroELT’, means the combination of educational neuroscience and English language teaching. During the conference, Dr Sun Yilin, director of UM’s English Language Centre and president of the TESOL International Association, gave a keynote speech, titled ‘21st Century ELT: Trends, Strategies, and Implications’.

The two-day conference included eight main plenaries and presentations. Topics discussed at the conference included NeuroELT pedagogy, neuroplasticity, motivation, movement, collaboration, learning, cognition, and brain-based learning. Invited speakers included scholars in the field of English language teaching, with a focus on mind, brain and education, as well as authors of ELT textbooks.

During the conference, a number of PhD students from UM told the participants about a cognition laboratory under the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and presented the lab’s various pieces of equipment, including eye tracking devices and EEGs. They also discussed how the equipment measures language acquisition.


“應用腦科學英語教學"國際研討會在澳門大學舉行,吸引共128名來自世界不同地方的專家學者參與,從腦科學的角度探討英語外語學習,力促外語教學朝“大腦友好型”的方向發展。

“應用腦科學英語教學"是應用語言學和教育腦科學的新興跨科學科。國際英語教學協會主席、澳大英語中心主任孫以琳以“21世紀英語教學:趨勢、策略、啟示"為題進行演講,她指出未來的外語教學將持續變化、更加多樣化、更高科技含量,這就要求外語教師能夠擁抱變化和承擔更大的責任,培養學生的7種21世紀能力,將外語學習者培養成為未來建設性變革的推動者。

會上,澳大多名博士研究生向與會學者介紹澳大人文學院認知研究實驗室,展示不同的實驗設備,如眼動儀、全數位腦波儀,並討論如何利用實驗設備衡量語言學習的成效。會議設8大主題演講,題材包括腦科學英語教學方法、神經可塑性、動機、行動、合作、學習、認知、腦基礎學習等。講者為腦科學的英語教育學者及英語教育教科書作家,對教育神經科學對語言教學的影響有深入研究。

是次會議是澳大35周年慶典系列學術活動之一,吸引了128名來自智利、巴西、日本、印尼、韓國、菲律賓、中國內地、香港和澳門等國家和地區的專家學者。

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