This glossary explains frequently used terms relating to the language/integration nexus and guides you through the apparent complexities of the relevant concepts and terminology.

Neurolinguistik (Neurolinguistics)

Neurolinguistics is the study of the neural mechanisms in the human brain that control language processing. As an interdisciplinary field of study spanning neurology, cognitive linguistics and psycholinguistics, it is one of the fields of study of fundamental relevance to German as a second language. It is of particular interest to education professionals because it is hoped that it will yield information about the neural processes in the brain which play a role in language learning and that these can be utilised to make language teaching more effective. Questions of particular interest include the following: which areas of the brain are activated in second language acquisition? Are they different from those utilised when learning a first language? And how do individual differences affect learning behaviour?

Researchers are urging caution, however: for example, they warn against any assumption that language teaching can be made more “brain-friendly” by adopting a “one size fits all” approach. As they point out, it is individuality that distinguishes the brain, which is influenced by countless diverse learning experiences, from the other organs in the human body.



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