21st Century Learning

Our Think Tank online magazine represents 21st century learning. Just as you might come across an interesting video on the Internet, click links to read more about it, and then discuss it with colleagues, our Think Tanks work that way too. Each issue starts with a media broadcast, such as a TED Talk on the brain science topic featured in the issue. This is followed by a Think Tank of teachers and researchers writing more about the topic and how it applies to the language classroom. The final Plus section includes book reviews, reader spotlights, and other special contributions.

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How the Brain Makes Meaning from Discourse

February 2023

It’s easy to focus on language in isolation, but this month we want to remind our readers that communication, in any medium, requires participants to engage in making meaning together, with a reliance on unspoken rules, shared contexts, cultural norms, and discourse markers. How do our brains process discourse? Read on to find out more!

Our cover: “The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” – George Bernard Shaw

Cover photo by Alan Levine on Flikr; others from UnsplashDaily Create & Creative Commons

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From January 2017 to the present day, you can view each of our past issues in our archives. All of the original issues are available to download. When available, you can peruse the web versions of our issues on any of your internet-connected devices. Looking for something specific? Use the search feature at the top of our site to find exactly what you’re looking for!

The Brain in Simplified English

We are building a collection of readings about the Mind, Brain, Education and related topics in simplified English. The readings are based on articles and topics that have appeared in our Think Tanks+. Use them with your students. Share them with colleagues. Read them yourself as a gentle introduction to some of the issues and themes discussed in the Think Tanks+.

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