Workshop: The Bilingual Brain

Course ID - CTD0921b  

Short Title: PET Project Series 3    

 Audience    Faculty
Length of Workshop:        8 hours  (5 workshop hours and 3 post workshop hours)

* Approved CT&D Workshop for Faculty Professional Development hours.

This workshop will focus on a better understanding of how the brain learns language. The presenter will guide participants through recent discoveries and understandings of the anatomy of the brain and the brains principal role in language learning. Two specific areas will be explored how the brain learns how to read and what happens when the brain is moving from being a monolingual brain to becoming a bilingual brain. The presenter will share useful methods that participants can apply to their teaching and enhance student learning based on models of the bilingual v. monolingual brain for knowledge acquisition.
Plan of Evaluation
I.  Application of knowledge to the classroom setting (1 hour) - A Learning Community of faculty wishing to earn professional credit will be formed directly
    after the workshop. The Learning Community will contextualize the workshop and discuss how to field test these strategies in their classrooms. Each
    create an action or lesson plan.
II. Analysis of application of knowledge (2 hours) - After field testing these strategies by implementing the action (or) lesson plan, each participant will write
    a reflection paper that discusses what was planned, what actually occurred, students responses to this methodology, similarities and differences noted
    in the lesson, and plans to improve for the future. The Learning Community will reconvene within two weeks to de-brief the reflection papers and will
    discuss practical issues related to the workshop. The assignment will be reviewed and certified as complete by SOE personnel and posted to a School
    of Education PET Project PD Sharepoint Site.


As a result of successful completion of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the latest developments and findings from language acquisition, its connection to brain research, and application to education 
  • Express how the brain learns a second language and how his information can be used to teach
  • Explore the implications these findings may have on teaching and learning
  • Apply these findings to programs and services for English language learners and bilingual students


Dates of Workshop

Reference #

Delivery Format

Meeting Days/Time



04/12/13 766700 F2F Friday
10:00am - 4:00pm
InterAmerican/401 Martha Burns


Registration information
Course ID: CTD0921b  
Course Title: PET Project Series 3
Reference # - see table 

How to Register

Registration for CT&D workshops are through the Student Information and Registration system.  The process for registering for a CTD workshop will be the same as registering for a regular class at MDC.  

New - Easier registration for workshops

You can access the Registration System and register for a CTD workshop using the same user name and password that use to login to your computer.    Example:   Richard Johnson  would be rjohnson     (You will NOT need to create a separate student myMDC account to register for a CTD workshop

Make a note of the Reference Number for the workshop then go to Registration Instructions

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