How the Brain Learns Language,
and What It Means for Teaching:
Cognitive,Neuroscientific and Educational Perspectives
on First and Second Language and Reading Acquisition
Registration is Free of Charge!
Different languages and writing systems vary in terms of their orthographic transparency, phonological ambiguity, morphological complexity and semantic properties. These differences result in both universal and unique cognitive requirements underlying reading acquisition in the native language and also during learning a second language.
This webinar is composed of three presentations – In the first two we will show some of the cognitive and neural aspects underlying reading development in Hebrew, English and Chinese speaking children. The last talk (a workshop) will provide evidence based strategies for teaching vocabulary in a second language.
Presentation 1 (Tali Bitan): “The development of a Hebrew reading brain: Coping with missing vowels and a rich morphology”;
Presentation 2 (James R. Booth): “Differences between languages in the brain basis of reading acquisition: English vs. Chinese”;
Presentation 3 (Vedran Dronjic): “What research can teach us about teaching second language vocabulary” (a practical workshop)
This webinar is given as part of a joint grant from the NSF-BSF given to Prof. Booth, Prof. Bitan and Dr. Dronjic for studying the effect of the first language on the neural mechanisms underlying learning of a second language. Our research is currently in progress and our goal is to share research based scientific knowledge with the professional community.
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