Learning vocabulary with the help of flashcard apps. A critical analysis of selected apps regarding vocabulary retention


Master's Thesis, 2023

81 Pages, Grade: 2,3

J. San (Author)


Abstract or Introduction

Since the use of flashcards and word lists to study vocabulary is common among language learners, this paper will briefly discuss the benefits and drawbacks of each.

However, research indicates that utilizing paper flashcards is one of the most effective methods for deliberately studying a language. Therefore, this paper mainly discusses how deliberate vocabulary learning using flashcards can aid students in systematically studying words according to a schedule. Leitner's Lernkartei is an example of a systematic approach to traditional vocabulary learning. Since the exponential growth of computer technology, systematic flashcard study has become more widespread, as evidenced by the emergence of digital flashcards such as Quizlet and Anki.

Some studies claim that using computer-based flashcards may enable students to learn more efficiently than paper-based flashcards since the former offer advantages that the latter do not, e.g., different order of items. With that said, the present thesis investigates the following research questions: How can flashcard applications facilitate learning and retention, and how has empirical research been implemented?

This paper provides a general overview of language learning and vocabulary acquisition to address this research question. Nation's framework illustrates several aspects of word knowledge that students should be familiar with. This paper solely addresses the form-meaning aspect of word knowledge and how or if flashcard applications can enhance learning and retention.

Details

Title
Learning vocabulary with the help of flashcard apps. A critical analysis of selected apps regarding vocabulary retention
College
University of Siegen
Grade
2,3
Author
Year
2023
Pages
81
Catalog Number
V1376399
ISBN (eBook)
9783346912138
Language
English
Keywords
Anki, Quizlet, Vocabulary, Retention, Spaced Repetition, Retrieval, Vokabellernen, Digitales Vokabellernen, Schule, Englischunterricht, Englischvokabeln, Karteikartensystem, Vokabeln, Digitale Medien im Unterricht, SAMR, TPACK, Vokabelheft, Spaced Learning, Fremdsprachenunterricht, Vokabellernen im Unterricht
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J. San (Author), 2023, Learning vocabulary with the help of flashcard apps. A critical analysis of selected apps regarding vocabulary retention, Munich, GRIN Verlag, https://www.grin.com/document/1376399

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