40 years TESOL Greece

Panagiota Frytzala

Day: Sunday Time: 12:15-13:00 Room: OMIROS (10th Floor)

Making Classroom Materials More Effective: Can Neurolinguistics Help?

Panagiota Frytzala

Neurolinguistics connects how the brain learns with the current learning processes and methodologies as L2 learning is directly linked to actual changes in the brain. With that in mind, this presentation will attempt to combine neurolinguistics with materials development so as to maximize their effectiveness for the learners.

Keywords: Materials Development, Neurolinguistics, Neurocognition, Declarative/Procedural Memory, Explicit and Implicit L2 Teaching

Panagiota Frytzala is the Head of the English Language and ELT Department at New York College and an ESP/EAP teacher.

Panagiota Frytzala's Interview

Who is Panagiota Frytzala? What is the single characteristic that you want most people to know about you?

I consider myself as a teacher who always seeks to advance her knowledge in the field. One way to do so is to be actively involved in research, and that is one of most important professional goals.

How is your presentation connected to the umbrella topic of the conference of “The 5 Ts of TESOL: Teach, Train, Transform, Transcend, Trust”?

As I will be attempting to link Neurolinguistics with Materials Development, something that is quite new in the field, I feel that it can Transform some of our colleagues’ ideas and Transcend into a new way of approaching teaching materials.

Which is your favorite T? Teach, Train, Transform, Transcend, or Trust, and why?

I believe all of them are essential in our professional field, but the core will always be Teach.

What does TESOL Greece mean to you?

After so many years as a member, it means not only professional development but most importantly the chance to interact with good friends/colleagues.

What are your expectations from the 40th TESOL Greece Annual International Convention?

To mix business with pleasure!

If you could send a wish to TESOL Greece, which becomes 40 this year, what would it be?

May it always be one of the most important beacons of our profession.

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