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The Science Behind Active English ( part 2 blog)

If you read part 1 of this Active English blog, you will know that I introduced our thinking at the “Active English Academy” including the benefits of AE and some AE teaching methods.

In part 2 here, I will talk about some of the basic science supporting Active English.


Its commonly known that exercise positively affects cognition. Scientific research has also proven that if you exercise while studying, there is induced benefits to the brain—in particular, increased levels of a crucial protein called brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), which is essential for maintaining healthy neurons and creating new ones.


A team of Chinese university researchers carried out experiments that included three control groups. Group 1 was a classroom based ( no exercise) study group. Group 2 was a low intensity exercise study group and Group 3 was a high intensity exercise study group. The members of all 3 groups had an almost identical level of intellectual and physical ability. All groups were tasked with learning a list of new vocabulary within the same time limit. Results for the high-intensity group showed a 20 percent faster rate of vocabulary learning along with increased levels of BDNF, a brain protein associated with improved cognitive function than the other two groups.


Further studies also conclude that the exercise helps with brain elasticity and slowing down age-related cognitive decline which is particularly relevant for our older aged adult students.


Taking the above research results in account, we can begin to see the scientific as well as aesthetic benefits of teaching communication skills through AE to both kids and adults.


On the Tokyo Real Podcast, we often discuss how “high performance” adults and kids always develop daily routines or “Habits” that foster achieving high performance. To take this a stage further scientific research as shown that by changing or tweaking routines or habits helps to fire the synapses linking brain neuron network and promoting creative thinking and learning .

In part 1 of the blog, we discussed something I term “Spacial Learning Limitation” (SLL) which is directly linked to the above paragraph.


The above scientific research further demonstates the power of teaching language communication skills through the medium of “Active English”.

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If you have a special interest in Active English and “High Performance”, you should consider attending the event below on February 22nd-24th 2018.


The Odawara International High Performance Sport Exchange – OIHPX , bringing together the worlds leaders in high performance sport and education, just prior to Japan hosting three global sporting events, RWC 2019, Olympics 2020 and Paralympics 2020. The OIHPX will present a unique opportunity to connect with the high performance community in Japan and Asia. The “Active English” teaching and coaching team will present at this event – hope to see you there !


Think outside the box and give yourself “ The Edge “

Ian Simpson



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