Developing an Advanced Vocabulary through Blended Learning Modules

Language learners have only a couple of years to master thousands of words as they [seek to] develop advanced language proficiency (ACTFL 2012) in an instructed learning setting. Learners thus need to learn vocabulary on their own outside of class with ample usage opportunities during instruction. In this webinar, we discuss principles of efficient vocabulary learning that focus on long-term word retention and the expansion of word knowledge (e.g., pronunciation, register, collocation). I will highlight which learning technologies can enhance language curricula and how.

About the Presenter: Susanne Rott (PhD, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign) is Associate Professor at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC), with a joint appointment in the Department of Germanic Studies and the Department of Linguistics. Currently she is the Head of the Department of Germanic Studies and directs the German basic language program. Her primary research focuses on textual and instructional enhancements and the relationship to incidental vocabulary learning. More recently she has been interested in the explicit learning of words and collocations. In these studies she has been assessing partial word form learning and students ability to fill-in components of collocations. She currently investigates the effectiveness of learning words with flashcards by looking more closely at the effect of retrieval and self-tests. Susanne has published her work in Studies in Second Language Acquisition, Language Learning, and the CALICO Journal.

  • Date: Monday, October 10, 2022
  • Time: 12:00pm PT / 1:00pm MT / 2:00pm CT / 3:00pm ET
  • Webinar Duration – 1 hour

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