A repost from 2018:
I’m on a new kick – the appreciation of beauty. By us. When we’re teaching. So that our students can experience something beautiful each day instead of what they experience now, with the testing in all their classes and all.
Why not? Why not make schools into places where beauty (of languages in our cases, because languages are very very beautiful) instead of places where we tell them how they don’t measure up?
There is a part of the pre-frontal cortex where MRI scans show activity in the “emotional brain”, specifically Field A1 (not the steak sauce) of the medial orbital-frontal cortex. It is the same area stimulated by moral, visual and musical beauty. It is where real language acquisition lies for our students.