Effectively on languages? The use of the keyword method for Turkish language vocabulary acquisition in high school students

Veronika Matušková, Martin Jakubek


The keyword method is nowadays one of the most discussed mnemonic strategies. This study investigates its effectivity in comparison to rote learning for vocabulary acquisition in 61 Slovak high school students. The data were obtained from two vocabulary tests and analysed using Mann-Whitney U test. We found out that the keyword group obtained significantly higher scores than the rote-learning group. Participants were also asked to provide a written feedback on the use of the method. Finally, suggestions are made to improve the learning process.

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mnemonics, keyword method, vocabulary acquisition, memory learning strategies


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