I love it when I find neurological research that backs my crazy theories up! I believe that genuine learning comes about through pleasant, playful experiences not stressful, exam-packed, traditional settings. I’ve just been reading about the neurology behind this. In a nutshell, it’s a fact that anxiety affects the memory. We just don’t remember as well when we are under stress. Sounds pretty logical to me.
So, when you get blocked on those international conference calls, it’s not necessarily because your English is crap. You’re probably freaking out under the pressure!!
Emotion is a “learning switch” (think “light switch”). It can switch your capacity to learn, and then remember what you have learnt, on and off.
The limbic system can shut down access not only to memory and learning but also your ability to connect information – your ability to cross reference.
Keep your eyes and ears open for the “Radical Rethink” English workshop, playing soon at a soon-to-be disclosed location in Barcelona!
Stephen Fry explores the highways and byways of the English language
The BBC brings us the 5th in this series with Stephen Fry. Episode One talks about colour, with David Hockney. Who better?
The next episode is about intonation. This is one I will be forcing on some of my Spanish clients. One of my aims from now to Christmas is to radically improve my clients´pronunciation and intonation, something which people here generally seem to give very little importance to! Good international business communication, people, is not the ability to fill-in-the-bloody-gaps!