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Multiple Pathways to the Language Learner’s Brain: Enhancing and Energizing Instruction

This workshop consists of 2 interactive modules offered via Zoom at 10:00 am-12:15 pm CST on February 25, 2022, and 10:00 am-12:15 pm CST on March 4, 2022. Participants earn a digital badge and certificate upon completing both modules and a post-workshop evaluation.

Workshop Description

If you teach second language learners or a foreign language course and are looking for more effective, neuroscience-based strategies, this workshop is for you.

If a bilingual brain is a better brain (and it is!), then why are your language learners struggling? During this workshop, participants learn how the brain processes first and second languages and how the effort to become bilingual presents challenges until fluency is obtained. Learn the science of language learning and acquire instructional strategies based on that science that will energize your teaching and enhance your students’ learning.

This workshop covers the following topics:

  1. How the brain learns and implications for language learning.
  2. The most important factor in learning.
  3. Why students have trouble pronouncing words.
  4. The best way to present vocabulary.
  5. The so-called “learning style” that applies to all learners.
  6. How to design lessons according to the brain’s natural learning style.
  7. What to do about the pathway that can impair learning regardless of your strategies.
  8. A hidden impediment to learning that you may be creating.
  9. How to tap into the Motivation Pathway.


Registrants will be provided with the login credentials via email prior to the start of the event.


Registration Type
Early Registration Fee
on or before
February 11, 2022
Registration Fee
February 11, 2022

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Cancellation and refund requests must be received in writing prior to February 18, 2022. A refund of the workshop fee, minus a $25 administrative fee, will be given for cancellations received by February 18, 2022. Refunds will not be given after February 18, 2022 or for no-shows. Registrants who have an outstanding balance and do not attend the workshop are responsible for the $25 administrative fee. Substitutions are accepted at any time prior to the workshop by submitting a written request to Kelley Berley. The individual requesting the transfer is responsible for all financial obligations (any balance due) associated with the transfer.

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About the Facilitator

Dr. Janet Zadina

“Powerful!” “Engaging!” “Innovative!” and “Life Changing!” are just a few ways audiences describe presentations by Dr. Janet Zadina. Dr. Zadina is an internationally renowned speaker, consultant, author, and former high school and community college teacher, known for her extraordinary ability to inform, educate, and empower audiences with brain research. Dr. Zadina has made such an impact on the academic community that the Society for Neuroscience honored her with the prestigious 2011 Science Educator Award. This recognition solidified her reputation as a significant contributor to public education and the field of educational neuroscience. Through her transformative, powerful, and entertaining workshops, Dr. Zadina is changing the way teachers, students, and even business professionals understand and use the brain.

Dr. Zadina’s determination to tear down brain myths and build up lives was born from her personal experiences working with dyslexic students. When she learned that a new “window” into the brain was possible with neuroimaging, she knew she had to go back to school and study neuroscience. She earned a Ph.D. in Education while conducting MRI research on neurodevelopmental language disorders at Tulane Medical School. She then completed a postdoctoral fellowship in cognitive neuroscience.

Dr. Zadina bridges the fields of education and neuroscience in her visionary work and the magic of her presentations. Her years of research, writing, and teaching enable her to educate others with science and strategies to transform education. As the founder and CEO of Brain Research and Instruction, she teaches and models best practices in educational neuroscience when presenting keynote speeches and workshops worldwide. She has been honored as a Distinguished Fellow in the Council of Learning Assistance and Developmental Education Associations, among other honors. She is the author of textbooks as well as professional development books, including Multiple Pathways to the Student Brain. She is a co-founder of the Butterfly Project, a pro-bono initiative designed to help educators who have experienced natural disasters.

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