Prof. Dr. Herbert Puchta is currently a Professor of English at the Teacher Training University in Graz, Austria, with studies on Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) and the application of Cognitive Psychology to language teaching, met CIU students and staff during an event organized by the English Preparatory School and School of Foreign Languages on ‘‘Teaching for the Amazing Young Adults’ Brain: Getting Students to Think First and Then Speak’.
During his talk, the audience was informed about the importance of acquiring speaking skills and the difficulties encountered in the acquisition of speaking skills at the CIU Çevik Uraz Center Conference Hall.
Prof. Puchta, who was the President of IATEFL, the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language emphasized that it is important to have knowledge about the subject and practice sufficiently after preparation to be fluent in speaking.
Also, he provided information regarding recent studies on young adult minds and how a light can be shed on reasons why young people should have a tendency to take risks during speaking.
Prof. Puchta highlighted that young people have a very strong potential for change and social adaptation and added: “This situation provides important opportunities for educators to improve their language skills. At the same time students are encouraged to think critically and think beyond language”.
Explaining how neural networks expand when information is learned and the importance of learning in brain development and how knowing multiple languages opens the horizon were also touched upon.
Puchta attracted attention to the need to combine the development of students' critical thinking and speaking skills. He also explained how this could happen by giving various examples.
Prof. Dr. Mehmet Ali Yavuz, the Director of the CIU School of Foreign Languages mentioned that they organized an event on how young adults gain English speaking skills and that students should first be encouraged to think and then directed to talk.