Lesley Lanir

About Lesley Lanir

Lesley Lanir holds a Masters Degree in Learning Disabilities, Assessment, and Remediation, and a BA (cum laude) in English Language, Literature, Linguistics, and Education, with a CTEFLA/RSA.

Lesley has been in the profession of teaching and teacher training in the field of English as a foreign language for at least 20 years. She specializes in learning difficulties, disabilities, and disorders in connection to foreign language learning. In addition, she focusses on the neuro-biological aspects of ADD/ADHD, and the neuro-cognitive differences of learning disorders and their impact on foreign and second language acquisition.

You can find Lesley's articles in the Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs; Babylonia, the Swiss review of language teaching and learning - and in the three main commercial magazines for teaching English as a foreign language:
MET (Modern English Teacher)
ETP (English Teaching Professional)
ESL (English as Second Language)
Lesley holds a Diploma with Distinction from the London School of Journalism in Freelance and Feature Writing.

Driven to Distraction by Language While Driving

Driven to distraction. Image by Adrian McGarry.

Our brains aren’t made to focus full attention on multiple tasks. If you’re driving and communicating at the same time, your driving safety will suffer.

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Slash as a Slang Word: Use and Significance

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Slash: It’s a new slang term, and it’s unusual. We’re constantly inventing new nouns and verbs, but a new conjunction added to everyday language is not something you see every day.

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Slang: Humans’ Linguistic Creativity at Work, Not Linguistic Corruption

Slang is everywhere, and we all use it for different reasons. Why do you use slang? Image by Decoded Science

Is slang a corruption of the English Language, or is it simply another form of linguistic creativity? English professor and linguist Anne Curzan shares her perspective with Decoded Science.

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Understanding Embodied Simulation: Creating Meaning out of Language

Making sense out of experiences. Image by Adrian McGarry

What is embodied simulation? A new cognitive theory explains how we apply meaning to everything around us in our minds from our own experiences.

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Brain Simulates Actions in Language Processing and Production

Our brains simulate language actions. Image by Adrian McGarry

New research shows that our brains process events and mentally simulate actions in a different fashion – and in different areas – than we thought before.

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