ERIC Number: ED424745
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-May
Using Multiple Intelligences To Improve Retention in Foreign Language Vocabulary Study.
Anderson, Virginia B.
The report describes an experiment for increasing retention of foreign language vocabulary by using multiple intelligence approaches and memory enhancement tools. The targeted population was approximately 100 seventh- and eighth-grade Latin students. Student difficulty with vocabulary retention had been ascribed to the teacher's emphasis on verbal-linguistic teaching methods, students' lack of study skills, and varying degrees of student motivation. Review of solution strategies suggested by experts in the fields of both memory improvement and multiple intelligences resulted in a variety of interventions. Students were instructed using methods that introduce several multiple intelligence strategies and several memory improvement techniques, and were directly involved in composition and design of study materials in a cooperative learning context. The teacher de-emphasized verbal-linguistic approaches in favor of a more comprehensive approach. Post-intervention data showed an increase in scores on bi-weekly vocabulary quizzes, increase in awareness of memory techniques for foreign language vocabulary mastery, and awareness of varied learning styles in both teacher and students. Appended materials include the learning styles inventory and answer key, parent permission letter, vocabulary quizzes, journal entry forms, and grade 8 vocabulary quiz survey. Contains 25 references. (Author/MSE)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master's Action Research Project, St. Xavier University and IRI/Skylight.