Results of some brain-based researches & implication in teaching English for primary school students

Hello. My name is Nhu. This is my writing. Thanks for spending time on reading and giving me your comments. Thank you so much!

 

Abstract

The believable results of some brain-based researches have proved the success of science in studying human. Through these brain-based researches, people will have more detailed understanding about processing of appearing and developing of emotions, thinking, awareness, etc to apply in our life, especially in teaching and learning. “Today, education is poised to move beyond tradition for tradition’s sake. Although we certainly have not uncovered all there is to know about the brain and learning, the medical field has given us some concrete, physiological data to consider when developing and implementing teaching strategies. Educators working in brain-compatible environments can develop an unprecedented professional competence that will enable students to reap the rewards of powerful, successful learning (Erlauer, 2003, p.1-2). Some researches stated that experiences and environments are elements that affect the brain development and learning of a child. Therefore, teachers in general and primary school teachers in particular should have detailed understanding about these things to have correct and suitable teaching methods, especially in teaching English for children.

 

Experiences

Experiences shape the brain. The world the child lives affects how his brain grows. The child needs new positive experiences in a safe environment to build a healthy brain. Healthy relationships are the most important experience that the child can get. Therefore, teacher should help children to build good relationships between students and students, students and the others, etc. Besides, after giving students knowledge, teacher should give them time to practice with that knowledge. They are experiences in learning, and then the experiences will be more and more complicated through exercises with level of difficulty increased. It helps learners to remember knowledge and apply the knowledge creatively.

 

Environments

The effects of environments on the child’s brain development are very important. Jensen 2001 pointed out that emotions, safety, music, choices, physical movement, etc can increase memory for children.

–         Safe environments

Teacher should ensure that the classroom is free of anything that could make children afraid to make them feel that school is a safe place. Especially, when learning English, children only learn well when they are active and creative people. It means that they have to feel comfortable and safe, so they can develop their ability. Moreover, children are very aggressive. They like new and colorful things. Therefore, teacher should use videos, visual aids with many colors when teaching, but also makes sure that students feel safe and do not fear when see them.

–         Environments with good emotions

Emotions affect memory and brain development. When a person feels satisfied, the brain releases endorphins that increase memory skill (Jensen 2005). Therefore, in teaching (especially in teaching English), teacher should start the day with humor by telling a funny story or showing a funny picture to help students feel comfortable before beginning new lesson. In addition, Sousa 2006 stated that many researches mention that children will learn more effective with the lesson broken down into short and relative pieces of information. It is also a good way to create good emotions in learning English. Besides, scientists also proved that one of important keys of brain-based education is that attention follows emotion, and both music and art often knock into the emotional areas to help the brain to remember and connect information. Music can decrease stress, so teacher can let them sing some songs together to make warm atmosphere or use videos to teach new words, etc. Art is an important part of brain-based education in that it helps learners to release their creativity. For example, teacher can let them draw pictures and describe the pictures in English with simple words, etc.

 

Conclusion

When a child is at the age of 2 to 3, he is able to learn a new language. Hence, children should learn English as soon as possible, but it must be followed correct methods of teaching (Dr, Nguyen Hong Con). Therefore, studying how the brain works allows educators to create an environment that gives learners success in learning, especially in learning English.

 

3 thoughts on “Results of some brain-based researches & implication in teaching English for primary school students

  1. Hi, I’m Dung
    I had read your journal. Thanks for some useful research from your journal. I can get much knowledge about how to teach English to children. Moreover, I can see many ways to activate child’s knowledge by use pictures, visuals or games, song… I think that it is important key to help child’s brain develop completely. Inaddition, the ideas that I like most is the way to make emotion between student and teacher. It is very important to create an idea environment to help children learn better. However, I think that we should base on child’s experience what they already know to give the new experience to them. It will help children get the new experience easily.
    Thank you so much!

  2. Hi, Nhu
    I’m Mai. Thank you for your writing. I have read it and I want to give some comments
    In my opinion, this is an interesting topic which is very useful for us. I understand what you want to share. Your writing is good. You gave many persuasive evidences which were researched by scientists. I get much knowledge about the implications of brain-based research to primary English language teaching through your writing such environment, experiences. Besides, I suggest that time also is an important element affecting to learners’ brain development.
    From your writing, I recognize that we should use different activities in class to teach English for children such as sing songs, playing games, drawing,…They create children interesting feeling when learning. Moreover, we should create safe environment for children.
    I hope that we can understand what children need and have the best method to teach primary English for children

  3. Hi, Luong
    Thanks for some useful research from your journal. I have read your journal and I want to give some comments for you.
    In my opinion, your writing is good. You gave 8 multiple intelligences that were researched by scientist. I get much knowledge about your writing such as: each student has some different strength and weakness points, so we have to have many suitable methods to different students.
    From your journal, I understand deeper about multiple intelligences and their role in teaching English for children. The teacher should use many methods in a lesson with many different students.
    Thank you so much!

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