• 6th Expanding Speaker
  • 2020

Rachel M. Paling

Can Language Learning be Brain Friendly?

Rachel M. Paling

Rachel Marie Paling founded Efficient Language Coaching in 2008 and created the method Neurolanguage Coaching® owning the registered trademark. Rachel started teaching English as a Foreign Language to adults over 30 years ago. After obtaining a BA Honours in Law and Spanish (with distinction in spoken Spanish) at the University of Sheffield (UK) she did a Masters in Human Rights and Democratization (EMA) at the University of Padua, Italy and Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany. She continued with her studies and qualified as a UK Lawyer in 2003, but instead of pursuing a career as a lawyer, she combined her teaching experience, her specialisation in business English and her legal knowledge to coach top executives across Europe.

She has created the new method and approach called Neurolanguage Coaching® and has trained over 200 language teachers worldwide certifying them as Neurolanguage Coaches with her training course, one of the only language coaching certification courses in the world accredited by International Coach Federation USA. She now delivers this course to teachers of ANY discipline, to transform the educational process and in addition she works with corporates worldwide to enhance communication and cross-cultural performance within International Teams.


Talk: Can Language Learning Be Brain Friendly?

How can we incorporate the latest findings in neuroscience as well as principles and tools from coaching into the traditional process of language teaching with practical steps to facilitate learning?  Through neuroscience we know that no two brains are the same, so the question is how to tailor-make learning to clients´ needs, without books, but with clear and structured targets and brain friendly conversations relating to grammar to facilitate potentially faster, more efficient, sustainable and cost-effective results. It is essential as an educator to fully understand how the brain is impacted and affected while learning, in particular the emotional brain and learning blocks, and be able to coach our learners beyond the blocks into a more effective learning state. This talk will explore all of the steps we can take to make the learning process more brain friendly, looking at the process itself, the way we communicate and also how to stimulate connections and associations for our language learners, constantly peaking curiosity, so that the learning becomes a fascinating and enjoyable journey for coach and coachee.

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