Marcel Van Amelsvoort
(Kanagawa Prefectural College of Foreign Studies)
Hello everyone and welcome back to the Treasure Hunt.

In recent years, there has been a definite increase in the attention
being paid to how the brain works and brain fitness. The starting point
was work done on brain placticity in the 60s and 70s that began to
suggest that the brain and the neurons that it consists of are not
necessarily fixed in number and destined to a slow and steady decline.
They can and do grow and develop as people use their brains. For
language teachers, particularly aging ones like myself who have started
mixing up the names of their children, this has implications that cannot
be ignored. The message on the sites below can help our learners
understand that serious effort can lead to serious results when it comes
to learning a language. It can be a very motivating message, I believe.

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