How To Make Learning Vocabulary More Effective
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Learning vocabulary is a tough one. There are loads of different ways of learning vocabulary but at the end of the day all that is left for the student to do is study. Study the vocabulary items and use them (or lose them!).
Luckily for our students there are a few tricks we can use to help make learning vocabulary more effective. After all, what’s the point in spending all your time learning vocabulary if you’re just going to forget it again? Spaced repetition is one such technique. Another one is the keyword method approach.
The keyword method approach for more effective learning vocabulary
What is the keyword method approach?
The keyword method approach takes a familiar method of learning vocabulary one step further. Often, when learning a new word a learner will make a connection between the word in English and the same word in their language. In other words, they will learn through translation.
How to use the keyword method approach
To take this idea one step further, the learner needs to connect the English word with an image. We don’t mean just an image of the meaning of the word. No, in order for this to be effective the image needs to be memorable too.
For example, say the new English word to be learnt is mundane. This word now needs to be connected to an image which portrays both the meaning of the word and is memorable. Mundane sounds like Monday, so the image could be a calendar with a bored face on the Monday slot. In other words, a person is bored or uninterested by something that is mundane, similar to how people feel on a Monday.
As you can see, there are in fact two images at play here. The learner can choose any images that make sense to them. Nobody ever has to know what the connection is, as long as it is memorable to the learner. In fact, the more outrageous the image the more memorable it is likely to be.
Of course, this doesn’t work with all vocabulary items. Some vocabulary items lend themselves more to imagery than others. If you find yourself spending a long time trying to think of a connection or a suitable image, then this approach probably isn’t the best for that word.
How to use the keyword method approach in the EFL classroom
How can you incorporate this in the classroom? When dealing with vocabulary, give the students some time to create links between words and images. You don’t need to structure this in any way. As long as your students are familiar with the technique, you simply have to give them time to implement it. You also don’t need to ask your students to explain their images and connections. When you do revision activities, remind your students to think of their keyword images to remember the words.
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- The processing is based on consent – if you have previously given your consent to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD collecting and processing your personal information, and you notify us that you withdraw your consent. Please note: withdrawing your consent does not mean the processing of your personal data which occurred before the withdrawal was unlawful.
- We are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes, and you want us to stop.
- If you think ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has processed your personal information unlawfully.
If you think any of the above situations apply, we may ask you for an explanation and further information to verify this.
Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.
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