Two reasons why doing a movie read-through is good for your English

“SkypeRead brings English-language students – from all over the world – together in a Skype group call to do a read-through of a movie.

“It’s fun, it’s a challenge, and it’s very good for your English.

“Why is it good for your English? Well, I’m going to explain that with the help of this: Hikone Castle, one of the oldest castles in Japan….”

The two most high-profile language mistakes of all time

テン・センテンシス講師グラハム/歴史上、最も有名な『英語の過ち』
英国, 2013年, グラハム・ジョーンズ

『失敗は成功のもと』英語を習得するために大切なのは、過ちを恐れないこと。人は誰でも間違えることがある!

This video has been inspired by one of the maxims of neuroELT: encourage mistakes.

“Students who are afraid of making mistakes cannot learn from them, nor can they become good risk-takers.”

The message of the video is: don’t worry, everyone makes mistakes!

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Storytelling and the brain

名古屋工業大学カレン准教授/脳科学-英語教育会議『’物語り’そして脳』
アイルランド, 2013年, ブライアン·カレン

This is Dr Brian Cullen’s presentation from last weekend’s FAB4 neuroELT conference in Nagoya.

We’re storytelling animals! We spend our lives telling stories — even when we’re sleeping.

We even finish our lives with a story, as Brian explains below at 4:39.

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And you know, at the end of your life, when you’re falling off a cliff or off a building and you’ve got two seconds left to live, what do you do?

Yeah, your life flashes before you, and you’ve got this whole story that you’re trying to watch in two seconds. And you hope that it’s a good story, which is a good reason to live a good life.

And as Terry Pratchett said it, much better, he said:

Your life flashes before your eyes just before you die.
Yes, it’s called life.
Enjoy it.

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Notes

1) Terry Pratchett is a popular British author.

2) This is a link to Brian’s web site, a collection of more than 180 stories.

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Galileo, Aristotle, Mikitani and a new perspective on ELT

テン・センテンシス講師グラハム/脳科学-英語教育会議
『ガリレオ、アリストテレス、三木谷社長、そして英語教育の新たな展望』
英国, 2013年, グラハム・ジョーンズ

This is my pecha-kucha presentation from the FAB4 neuroELT conference (Nanzan University, Nagoya, July 2013).

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Four hundred years years ago, Galileo stood at the top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa and destroyed an idea that had stood — unchallenged — for two thousand years. He proved that heavy objects do not fall faster than light objects.

Except this famous story isn’t true…

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