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Extensive Reading - love and the brain
« on: February 12, 2017, 01:45:49 PM »
For me, reading is work; I don't read for enjoyment.  So this would be hard for me to "teach."  So I asked my daughter how she became a bookworm.  This is L1, but insightful. In first grade, the teacher read The Hobbit to them, and the kids sketched.  She says she still thinks about it now! (25 yrs later)  It's multi-modal (hence heightened memory), non-stressful (no grades on the sketches!), and the teacher reading is like parents and shows caring.  So I asked (pedantically), where's the learning?  (yes, I know) and she said "I think it's learning to love it. That's the learning."  Isn't that great?  My own perspective is a query about how to integrate the love that parents express while reading aloud to their kids into ESL for adult immigrants.  We want to get learners to love the language.  How can I show that I love them in a way that nurtures their learning?  Yes, caring and encouragement, etc., but is there neuroscience/psycholinguistic research on _love_ and learning?
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