Neurolinguistics or neuro-something


Have you seen this polemical post by Russ Mayne from Evidence Based EFL? He writes about neurolinguistics in language teaching and warns against using it lightly: in fact, the whole line of argument expresses his doubts about the new ‘neuro’ fad. While neurolinguistics, he writes, can offer useful scientific insights, overly zealous or superficial attempts to connect it to education could be really misleading. He even remembers the NLP times – hilarious!

An interesting read, and something to share with colleagues if you feel they are veering too far ‘to the dark side of the force’. That said, I know a few people who use ideas from neurolinguistics quite successfully in their teaching and teacher training – and yet doubt we must.

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