Vocabulary and phrase learning online Nov 16 2013 slideshare
VOCABULARY AND PHRASE
CALL Workshop Nov 16, 2013
Fuji Women’s University
•What is memrise?
•How does it work?
•How do I use it?
•What I’ve found
•How can you use it
HOW CAN I REMEMBER NEW VOCABULARY?
•Word cards - look at the L1 word and recall the L2 word
•Say it and self-check
•Remind yourself revise them
•Mix them up when practicing to avoid sequential learning
•Eventually you end up with a lot of cards…what do you do with
WHAT IS MEMRISE?
•Online learning community
•Over 6,000 courses (200+languages, vocabulary, history,
geography, trivia etc.)
HOW DOES IT WORK?
•Mems (memory aids)
•Spaced retrieval (optimum intervals to maintain memory)
•Personalised (you can make a course to meet your needs)
•Learning cycle – presentation to production
MEMS (ELABORATE ASSOCIATIONS)
Connect the new word
with existing knowledge
so that retrieval
becomes easier (see
Levin, Levin, Glasman,
& Nordwall, 1992)
routes, involving both
imagery and verbal
& Desrochers, 1981,
SPACED RETRIEVAL: REMINDER EMAIL
Refresh memories at
spaced intervals for
maximum retrieval and
retention (c.f. Hulstijn, 2001,
Imagery for motivation
Plant a seed
Water the memory
It grows into a flower
GAME LIKE ENVIRONMENT
HOW I USE IT
•Add Japanese words or phrases as I go
•Revise using computer or phone (on subway, waiting in lines etc.)
•Add English phrases for students from coursebook etc.
WHAT I’VE FOUND
•Problem: lack of participation (not compulsory)
•Leaderboard: those that participate stand out (potentially
•Solution: set minimum monthly scores
•Need to water memories regularly to grow them and keep them
(just like plants)
WHAT I’VE FOUND
•You can choose to use mems made by others
•But making your own mems is most effective/memorable
•However it requires understanding and practise
Words that sound similar (shouten) focus and shop
Keyword (word that sounds similar and interacts with target word)
Something that you associate with that word
HOW YOU COULD USE IT
•Create a list of the words or phrases you want learners to learn for
•Upload these lists to create your own course
•Make the course ‘unlisted’ to keep it private (only your learners)
•Encourage learners to make their own mems
• Ask learners to build the course collaboratively (function to allow other
contributors) A different group could add the words each week, or each
person could add one word each week…
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