Words and Memory: Ways of Learning Vocabulary in a Foreign Language

The human memory is an amazing thing. There are no limits on the amount of information it can contain. So why is it not always easy to learn the vocabulary of another language, and especially to recall it when you need it? This course draws on recent research to explore the nature of memory and how it functions at different stages of life. We will focus in detail on what is involved in learning and retaining the vocabulary of a language. This course is for people who are currently studying a foreign language or who would like to start learning one.


Foreign language teachers may also find it useful in gaining an enhanced understanding of the language learning process as experienced by their students. You will have the chance to explore strategies for committing words to memory, and contrast them with ones you have used in the past. There is no ‘best’ way to learn, but you will learn about a wider range of options from which to chose what works for you. Learning a language as an adult can be a fulfilling and life-enhancing in many ways, and concerns about memory should not be a block!


This class will be delivered online via the online platform Zoom. Enrolling students need to ensure they have an email, a reliable internet connection, microphone/speakers and access to a tablet, smartphone or computer.


COURSE OUTLINE

  • The role of vocabulary in language: Find out what is involved in “knowing” and “learning” a word, and why this can be challenging. Discuss and evaluate the way you have approached vocabulary learning in the past. We will also consider how has the need for social distancing has impacted on the way we learn.
  • The nature of memory: Gain a better understanding of how memory works, including the differences between children, young and older adults, and the role of language learning in maintaining healthy cognitive function.
  • Experiment with vocabulary learning techniques: Are memorisation techniques really effective? See what works for you.
  • Explore the opportunities of technology as well as traditional approaches: Set goals for your learning. Establish a network of people to support and encourage your learning.


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Gain an understanding of the workings of memory and how words are learnt.
  2. Recognise the strategies you have used in the past to learn and remember new things.
  3. Understand your learning preferences and why you have developed them.
  4. Experiment and share your experiences of new vocabulary learning techniques.
  5. Feel more confident in tackling the fulfilling and life enhancing activity of language learning!
$145 Limited / $131

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22 Oct

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