Updated: Oct 13, 2021
This one works wonders with Vocabulary learning! Kids often tend to forget word meaning because they try to learn the words without any context or link. Both context building and link creation work well for word learning. Let me first explain them in short.
Contextual word learning: You can do this in many ways, am just sharing some ways we train kids at InSharp.
While reading, if you encounter a word which you are not familiar with, first guess the meaning of the word and then look up the dictionary. In this way, you try to make sense of the word as per the usage in the sentence.
If you are trying to learn a word from a word card, list etc., make sentence with the word so that your mind remembers the word in some context.
You can try making vocabulary buckets to remember words that come handy in a type of situation. For example, we can try to learn 5 new words that can be used in a party setting or 5 new words that can be used in a classroom setting etc. etc. By bucketing words, the chances of words coming to your mind in usage becomes higher.
Well, this blog article is about something else though! In this article, we will talk about Link and Learn, what I commonly call the Linking Technique for word learning.
Link and Learn means trying to create a link between the word and the word meaning. The word should comfortably lead to the link and the link should casually take you to the meaning. Creation of these links takes a bit of effort and time, but once done properly this is an effective way of learning difficult words. Let me show you some sample words that I have done with students across different age brackets.
Link and Learn: Class 2-3
Word: Starve, Meaning: to suffer because of hunger
How a child linked it! Link via Story building
STARVE => STAR + VE => Sounds like “We on a Star” => What will happen if we end up on star? Answer: We will have nothing to eat and we will suffer because of hunger => Means we will STARVE.
Now, once this link is created, it is very difficult to forget the word meaning.
When you think of STARVE, you will remember the story: we were hungry on a star => the story will lead you to the meaning: suffer because of hunger!
Every child has his/her way to link and learn. Someone else’s way might not appeal to you, but your way of linking will appeal to you! This method works.
Link and Learn: Class 6-8
Word: Sabbatical, Meaning: an extended leave from work
How a child linked it! Link via breaking a word and relating it to native language
Sab + bati + cal => सब + बातें + कल => So, आज क्या है? छुट्टी => Leave from work.
See! Now, you cannot forget the word meaning!
The connections don’t need to be very fancy ones always. A little connection also helps; any kind of link between the word and the meaning helps. Let me give some lit bit link examples.
Fierce – sounds like fire => full of fire => meaning: full of aggression and intensity
Manor – Man + Or => What about Man? => Lives in a house => meaning: a large mansion
See, in the above examples, just a lit bit link was created. But, even that will help you remember the word better! That is the beauty of Link and Learn
These learning activities are followed by practice sessions and performing sessions where we train children to learn to apply the method learnt with perfection.
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