The Cognitive Learning Process – Mastery Learning:
This is an actually engaging way for ALL (disengaged & engaged) to learn vocabulary.
At the end of lesson 1, when let’s say 60 slides (so 60 new words ish) have been learnt, record where students have learnt up to, then go over the same words in lesson 3 or so, then lesson 6, then lesson 11 etc. in a 6 week term. Research shows that repetitive learning of vocabulary in this way is more likely to stay in the medium term and long term memory if done regularly (mastery learning).
In lesson 2, start learning the next set of words in this topic (slides/words 61-100 or so over 25 minutes). Repeat the same words in lesson 4, 8, 10 etc. including review slides.
Hey presto in just a few months students ‘like French’ because they know WAY MORE words than they did a week / month / year ago.
Mastery Teaching - Delivering these slides in a lesson (25 -30 mins max but depends on the class!):
- Teacher says the word in French, all students in the class repeat the word in French.
- Show the English word underneath, teacher only says the English word, students read it silently (the English word flashes up after the French word).
- At the review slide (the 8th slide ish), the teacher selects a random word just learnt on the previous slides (say it in French or English) and students translate and those that know it call out the answer. Praise to those who got it right. This is surprisingly good for those students who are disengaged as it is extremely engaging (easy, but challenging).
- For the next 8 words, same process as step 1 & 2. Review these new words AND review first 8 words using the first white review slide. Repeat until they get silly (25-30 mins).