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Our introductory video speakers, Matthew Lieberman and Louis Cozolino are recognized as leading experts on the social brain. Julia Daley will summarize their ideas and describe the social brain in her opening piece.
To start the Think Tank, our guest editor from Australia, Skye Playsted, will examine the social needs of learners in her speaking classes. Veteran Marc Helgesen passes on a delightful, social-brain-based ELT activity that is likely to result in new friends and maybe even new couples. Harumi Kimura will then follow with a deeper look at the social brain in the classroom: insights on incivility and social instigation that she found in her research.
In the Plus, Glenn Magee offers us a book review of Lieberman’s much acclaimed Social, just before Alessandro Grimaldi closes the issue with a personal story. He tells us how his means to explore the high degree of language anxiety in one of his classes turned out to be its solution. As we struggle with distanced and distancing classes during the pandemic, we consider this issue especially timely.