Language Learning and the Brain

Course Code: LLB101-WS
Day: Sat Time: 10:00-16:30 Hours: 6 Sessions: 1 Medium of Instruction: English Location: Tokyo

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Course Description

This workshop is designed to help learners and teachers alike develop a thorough understanding of how languages are learned, stored, and recalled in the brain. Through a series of engaging activities as well as a supplemental lecture and learner-centered discussions, participants will be able to take charge of the metacognitive processes involved in language learning in order to become more autonomous and focused learners with greater knowledge that they can utilize on their own. At times throughout this workshop, we will also look at some of the fascinating insights into the awesome power of the human brain revealed in the recent psycholinguistic and neurological research that is available. Ultimately, participants should feel empowered to take control of their own learning in the journey towards language acquisition as they learn how to learn.


David Phillips

Instructor Biography

David Phillips earned his MAT in Applied Linguistics from the University of Southern California and has been working as an Academic English Instructor at Temple University Japan since 2016 and most recently, for the Multilingual and Communications Center at Meikai University. In addition to his university work, he also serves as an examiner for the Eiken Foundation of Japan throughout the year. Prior to living and teaching in Japan, he taught sociocultural anthropology to first-year undergraduates at the University of Washington and Intensive English courses at Seattle Pacific University for 5 years. David is focused on continuing to apply a sociocultural approach to every class lesson as a way to utilize student background knowledge and build co-created classrooms in which every student has opportunities to contribute and actively participate. When he is not teaching or publishing works on adapting materials for cultural responsiveness and autonomous learner development, David is working toward completing a doctorate degree in English Pedagogy at Murray State University and producing episodes for his YouTube channel called, "The Rhythm Circuit," which features a global listening base.