Tags: adult education, adults learn english, brain training, english at esbl, learn a new language
For those among you who believe that ¨you can´t teach an old dog new tricks¨, there is a growing body of solid science that would contradict your beliefs. Have you noticed the explosion of brain training games both purely cognitive, and those with a mix of physical and cognitive? Our brain age can be vastly different from our chronological age. Our brain is a squishy muscle with a consistency similar to toothpaste. It is a remarkably resilient and malleable muscle but, like any other muscle in our body, it has to be trained and exercised.
Brain scientists have understood for a long time that the spiking of neurons has a lot to do with who we are and how we think, feel, and act. Now, with new developments in brain imaging technologies scientists have discovered more about neurogenesis; the brain´s ability to rejuvenate itself, and its ability to reorganize particularly after injury; delegating some functions to undamaged areas, for instance.
The most intense learning and brain changes occur in the womb and during infancy, however, the brain continues to alter and change throughout adulthood. While it was thought that after the age of 12 you can no longer mimic the British accent while learning a new language, and post-15 it would be very difficult to achieve native-like spoken grammar, new science supports the conclusion that adults are not only capable of mastering native-like proficiency in a foreign language, they may eve have an easier time learning a second language than kids do. And, while adults can be very concerned about pronouncing words correctly and want to fully understand the grammatical structure before they start speaking, kids do it in a more natural and spontaneous way.
The moral of this article is, if you want to learn a new language, there is no time like the present; just go for it, and enjoy the journey instead of looking out for the end goal. The unsought benefits of retraining your brain in this challenging way, are vast and motivating and you will derive a real sense of self-efficacy and confidence. So, let´s get started. Call us 0034 935 172 617 or write to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- No one born in Kentucky, USA has ever been elected to Congress – so what?
- During his famous Blue Period, Pablo Picasso invented the substance that eventually became known as Play-Doh.
- If a cricket were the size of Mt. Rushmore, it could jump to the moon – yea – so what?
- The French language has 17 different words for surrender.
- Although very difficult, it is possible to start a fire by rapidly rubbing together 2 Cool Ranch Doritos – nope, didn’t know that.
- Human saliva has a boiling point 3 times that of regular water - ick, who does that?
- King Henry the VIII slept with an enormous axe – well, wouldn’t you?
- Replying more than 100 times to the same piece of spam mail will overwhelm the sender’s system and interfere with their ability to send anymore spam. If I had that kind of time, I would welcome the spam.
- Nearly 3% of the ice in Antarctic glaciers is penguin urine. You still want to buy that expensive bottled Glacier water?
- As the sheer volume of internet traffic has increased, the friction of the electrons passing around the planet has increased the overall temperature by .07 degrees. C or F?
- A bad case of laryngitis forced Abe Lincoln to lip-sync the Gettysburg Address. The speech was actually delivered by an aide hidden beneath the stage.
- Fewer divorces occur in families in which the children wake their parents before 6 a.m. on Saturdays. WHAT?
- Anyone convicted of animal cruelty in Sedalia, Missouri, USA, is sentenced to a month’s confinement in the county animal shelter.
- The Australian Aborigine language has over 30 words for ‘dust’.
- A woman was killed from chlorine gas poisoning when she mixed Harpic and Domestos together in a confined space. She had inadvertently created the same conditions as experienced by the soldiers during a gas attack in the trenches of the First World War.
- A bus carrying 5 passengers was hit by a car in Boston, Mass., USA. By the time the police arrived on the scene, 14 pedestrians had boarded the bus and had begun to complain of whiplash injuries and back pain.
Tags: career development, ESBL, ESBL Continuing/Continuous Education, European School of Business & Language, get a job, manage your career, manage your education, NCC Education Partner Centre, NVQ Level 7, Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management, UK MBA, what´s required to get on the management ladder
Shifts in economies, business, and societies are happening at warp speed nowadays and the naturally resilient young adult is failing to ´see the funny side´, and, in many cases, also failing to ‘keep-up’. Those students who are unsuccesful in launching their careers upon graduation, may never work in their chosen area. And, how long does it take for your newly-minted academic skills to become old and outdated? Continuing education today takes on an entirely new importance.
In the 1990´s we admonished our students to be aware that working professionals needed to be enrolled in at least 1 work-related course per year, just to stay level with the changes in their profession; and more than one-a-year if they were looking to advance in their field. Into the second decade of this new century and Continuing Education might be rebranded and called Continuous Education. Those of you who fail to see the importance of it, may be doomed because of your lack of it.
Knowing this, you might think that there is a huge proliferation of ´night schools´ full of work-weary young managers and executives, but you would be wrong. In many countries the graduate still acts as though, once finished, they are set academically for life. This may have been the case 40 or 50 years ago when slow, static communication systems and snail-speed information searches were the norms, but this is no longer the case. Change is exponential. When the competition finds a better, more productive, more efficient way to satisfy the customer or corner the market, everyone else goes back to zero, and we better understand and apply the new methods; and fast.
Continuous Education facilities are there to research the constantly changing systems and teach them to you. It is another type of information highway and must be regarded as such. Some of us can sign-on to an online class and be able to learn and apply new techniques, but bricks-and-mortar schools offer the opportunity to learn these new methods from a subject matter expert who has applied the changes, and knows the associated advantages and difficulties.
Isn´t it bad enough that the new graduate may have to leave their country of birth, sometimes unwillingly, to find that elusive position. What are the effects of this ´brain drain´on the country, and on its future? The field of applicants is growing while the number of positions is shrinking. As a result, the bar is set ever-higher and the educational requirements are steadily rising, even if normally that level of education would not be required to function successfully in the role. It the 1990´s it was becoming difficult to get a job without a high school diploma, and we saw many returning to get their GED´s. By the year 2000, even a factory position in a state-of-the-art facility with robotics and sophisticated transfer systems required some post-secondary education. By 2010, a general BA was not enough to get your foot in the door, and a master’s degree was the basis for consideration into an entry-level department management position. I have heard from some friends in NA, that students now wanting to get the edge on the competition, are signing-up for PhD programs to develop a real expertise and impress the companies.
Continuous Education providers enable you to upgrade your skills; sharpen them to stay current, but also now offer degree pathways for part-time study aimed at the motivated and ambitious worker who cannot afford to give-up their job in this dicy economy for financial or other personal or family reasons.
Visit your preferred education provider and ask them about their School of Continuing Education and look at their course offerings. But, a caveat, be prepared to make other changes as well in your job search preferences, if you want to actively manage and prosper in your career. I am speaking of course about the dynamic, flatter organizational structures. Moving up in the organizational hierarchy might mean moving out of the company.
- Think about choosing education that is required in today’s world to get your career started.
- Think about how long it actually should and might take you to return the investment on your education. It isn’t the amount of money you spend on your advanced studies that make them valuable. It is the currency of the information and skill transference that sets one apart from the others. Expensive degrees become stale just as quickly as less expensive ones.
- Think about the drain on present and future human resources when countries and their leadership cannot effectively manage the economy and job growth.
- Think about the best way to manage your career advancement.
Tags: accredited by NCC Education, ESBL, international education, study in barcelona, trinity college, university of gloucestershire, university of hertfordshire, university of worcester
¨….record number of parents are choosing a British education for their children and, …. how our (UK) schools are becoming one of our greatest exports. There is a growing band of international students seeking-out British independent schools – many schools are even opening branches oversees to keep up with the demand. British education … has become a huge and growing money spinner for the UK plc. Why? The British are great educationists. In Germany the master will simply say ¨that is right or this is wrong¨, but, a British teacher will say, ¨this is great but, why not look at it this way?¨ It is much more motivating. Many more Europeans, particularly Germans, are turning to British schools. Parents like the ´whole person´approach of these schools which can prepare people for unusual challenges. The British Council three years ago began helping British schools to seek overseas pupils through its Education UK partnership. It is good for our students to learn in an international environment¨.
ESBL is a member, in principle and practice, of this growing internationalization of education. Accredited by Cambridge University, Trinity College and NCC Education, we are a British school, for all intents and purposes, with British curriculum, British governance and English native educators, located in Barcelona. We offer tertiary level education offering post-graduate studies leading to UK MBAs and a MSc in Management. As well we have Cambridge University vocational business studies. An International education gives students an advantage in a business world where careers increasingly take people abroad.
There are many other practical reasons for acquiring your UK degree here in Spain. The cost of education is lower at our school for the UK qualification from our highly respected partner universities, and the living expenses are also lower. There is a certain allure to living in Barcelona for an academic year which helps to ´sweeten´the prospects of study abroad. We keep our overheads low and pass the savings on to you. We help you through the visa process and have housing partners who specialize in housing deals for students. We are an exclusive school with small classes capped at 16 students per class. Contact us now to register for your new term starting in September 2012. We are opening a brand new part-time MBA program from the same awarding universities so, if you are working and cannot attend full-time, you have three years to complete your degree while never having to miss work or jeopardize your position.