Preparing a More Brain Compatible Classroom for EFL Students in University _____________
Creating A Brain Compatible Classroom
There is a big problem not just in teaching English but also in other lessons becausethe education level of the courses given for a long time has been insufficient accordingto all the aspects that are expected from these courses and schools. In creating a braincompatible classroom the teacher must look at teaching developmentally,socioculturally, and in other broadways. Brain compatible learning and teaching focuseson how the brain learns and how language teachers can learn to understand and use thisknowledge to help foreign language students learn English quickly and efficiently.The most important factor is the educational environment and the teaching methodsof the teachers, because they do not focus on the intelligences. Styles of the students andthe learning environment aren't appropriate for learning. To overcome these problemsthe environment should be prepared to be more brain compatible as well as methodsemployed.
Teach to Both Sides of the Brain
Wholes are important to learning. Neither should be emphasized at the cost of theother. Some of those who are promoting "right-brain thinking" might do more good by promoting "whole brain thinking." Provide learners with global overviews. Providethem with a sequence of steps that will be followed. If you use an overheadtransparency, first show all of it, or all of your overheads for the day or for the wholecourse. Then you can sequence them, one idea at a time. Alternate between the "big picture" and the details. Validate that we are "whole brain learners".Characteristics of the left brain learner: Remembers names, words are important,logical, abstract thinker, serious minded, likes to plan, problem solver, sequentialthinker, emotionally inhibited, systematic, objective, analytical, responds to auditoryinstruction, prompt and punctual, fanatic, and single-minded. Characteristics of the right brain learner: Remembers faces, responds to visual and kinaesthetic instruction, artistic,musical, improvises emotional humorous, creative, playful, intuitive in problem solving,highly psychic, subjective, into body language, holistic outlook at life, more athletic, prone to be late and 'spacey'. Characteristics of the balanced brain learner: between leftand right- a combination, a nice balance of the two extremes. Since no one hemispheredominates, you may never reach full potential of talents characteristic of the extremes.So, you'll never be a surgeon or an Olympic marathon runner... but think about sales,teaching, or politics.
2.Focus on Intelligences
As it is known the theory of multiple intelligences were developed by HowardGardner. Gardner (1983:70) claimed that there are at least seven different intelligencesthat each person possesses which are verbal-linguistic, logical- mathematical, bodily-kinaesthetic, visual-spatial, musical, interpersonal, intrapersonal and later on he addedanother type of intelligence; naturalistic intelligence. He also added that there can beadditional intelligences that are not identified at the moment.
March 2005 Vol:13 No:1 Kastamonu Education Journal