Find here our 5 tips for learning vocabulary with LRS, which we have compiled together with learning therapist Susanne Seyfried.
The checklist with the 5 most important tips for learning vocabulary with LRS – here we go's what you need to do!
- First of all, try to focus on positive learning experiences – you can only learn well if you enjoy it.
- Sort your vocabulary into groups on a mind map: Either in the same sense ("animals") or with the same spelling and pronunciation (bee, see, week).
- Learn interactively and with all your senses: Design your vocabulary cards with stickers and get a vocabulary app with animations and pronunciation.
- Try out digital learning aids and vocabulary apps: These are patient, playful, and can cater to individual skill levels.
- Try different learning methods and find a mix that’s fun and suits you.
Learning vocabulary is a challenge: countless words that you’ve never heard before in your life have to be learned somehow. Vocabulary learning is even more challenging for students with dyslexia. Susanne Seyfried, learning therapist and English teacher explains:
Together with dyslexia expert Susanne Seyfried, we have compiled 5 tips on how to improve vocabulary learning despite dyslexia – and how the cabuu app can support you in doing so. By the way, these tips are not only helpful for people with dyslexia, but also for everyone who wants to make vocabulary learning more effective. Let’s go!
1. Get out of the frustration trap
Susanne Seyfried knows how stressful the learning situation with learning difficulties like dyslexia can be: "Especially the transition from learning English in elementary school to a secondary school is a shock for many kids."Where before there was playful learning, now there are textbooks, vocabulary books and a large chunk of vocabulary that has to be learned.
Bringing back the joy is the most important switch to get vocabulary learning going again. Motivation and recognition are the engines for ongoing learning joy – not only, but especially for dyslexia sufferers, Seyfried also finds:
This is exactly the joy we awaken in our cabuu app: Varied animations and mini-tests as well as the friendly design of the app make learning vocabulary fun. During the learning process, stars and crown days can be collected, which remain immortalized in the statistics as learning successes: This keeps the motivation high!
2. Before it starts: First clean up!
When the vocabulary pile is overwhelming, it is necessary to create order: Therefore, vocabulary lists should be divided into sections and the vocabulary should be learned in small chunks. Seyfried recommends the Clustering by topics or specific letter-sound relationships: "I first collect words with my students that have a similarity, for example, a same spelling and pronunciation like'bee''see' or'week'. Vocabulary can also be summarized thematically. Thanks to such a mind map, the vocabulary is assigned to a category in the head and this helps immensely with memorization."This tip works with traditional flashcards as well as digitally with the cabuu app by creating personalized lists.
The learning plan in the cabuu app helps you stay on track: Every day, the ideal amount of vocabulary is learned from the created list, and this is then used by the deadline (z.B. Repeat until vocabulary test) until you get it right. This creates a learning structure that gives orientation and security to kids with learning difficulties.
3. All senses are involved
Listen, see, touch: Learning with your senses helps you remember vocabulary better! This trick helps particularly with LRS concerning very well.
This multi-sensory approach is implemented in the cabuu app: Users bring vocabulary to life with finger gestures on the touch screen. Animations, graphics and audio stimulate additional areas of the brain and so vocabulary is proven to stay in the memory longer. Seyfried confirms this:
4. Tailor-made vocabulary learning thanks to an algorithm
Digital learning aids have a big advantage over vocabulary books and flashcards: they can respond individually to learning behavior. In the cabuu app, an intelligent algorithm calculates the ideal repetition time for each vocabulary word in the background. The playful mini-tests show exactly how well a vocabulary word is mastered and the learning plan is constantly adapted to the individual’s ability. Even if it takes longer: The learning plan is patient and repeats until the vocabulary is secure.
5. It’s all in the mix
While vocabulary learning does require a bit more diligence when you have LRS, a mix of learning methods can keep it fun. Seyfried finds the combination of analog learning tools like flashcards and digital ones like the cabuu app ideal. "The cabuu app spreads good vibes and helps students continue learning on their own. As a supplement I like to use index cards, which I design together with the children."So you don’t necessarily have to choose one learning method over another, as long as you find a mix that effectively supports vocabulary learning and is enjoyable.
No pain, no gain – but everything is possible
Susanne Seyfried is happy to recommend the cabuu app in her professional practice as a learning therapist and English teacher:
Finally, she encourages all those affected: "Whether LRS or other learning difficulties: Nothing is set in stone! I always try to make it clear to my students that they have all possibilities and individual strengths."
We thank learning therapist and English coach Susanne Seyfried from Learning Therapy VS for the interview!