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Research behind my.english-line student companion app

Research has been strongly incorporated into the design of my.english-line.pl

The my.english-line student companion app has been designed using detailed research into learning principles to be a highly effective tool for helping you to remember vocabulary and learn English. Here are some of the features we’ve included to get you using new words and phrases as quickly as possible.

Spaced Repetition
Research has shown that we remember new vocabulary better if we review it a little at once, regularly over a long period of time rather trying to ‘cram’ the information into our minds in long study sessions. In fact, we often remember things the best when we are reminded of them just before we are about to forget them as this increases activity in the brain and strengthens the links in our long term memory. Sometimes waiting longer before you revise vocabulary is better! The my.english-line student companion app uses the results of detailed research by Piotr Wozniak of Supermemo into this phenomenon. The app is designed to be used in short, regular sessions, it uses an algorithm designed to repeatedly show you vocabulary and test your knowledge at the optimal times for memorization. Repeatedly practicing retrieving information helps strengthen your memory and doing this at longer time intervals has been shown to be the most effective way to study. Research has also shown that this can be a very effective way to revise vocabulary when used in addition to regular lessons.

Wozniak, P. (2018). The true history of spaced repetition. Supermemo. Retrieved January 10, 2024, from https://www.supermemo.com/en/blog/the-true-history-of-spaced-repetition

The true history of spaced repetition – SuperMemo

Kim, S.K. and Webb, S. (2022), The Effects of Spaced Practice on Second Language Learning: A Meta-Analysis. Language Learning, 72: 269-319. https://doi.org/10.1111/lang.12479

The Effects of Spaced Practice on Second Language Learning: A Meta‐Analysis – Kim – 2022 – Language Learning – Wiley Online Library

Feng, K, et al. (2019) Spaced learning enhances episodic memory by increasing neural pattern similarity across repetitions. Journal of Neuroscience, 39.27 (2019): 5351-5360.

Spaced Learning Enhances Episodic Memory by Increasing Neural Pattern Similarity Across Repetitions – PubMed (nih.gov)

Hanson, A. & Brown, C. (2019). Enhancing L2 learning through a mobile assisted spaced-repetition tool: an effective but bitter pill?. Computer Assisted Language Learning. 33. 1-23. 10.1080/09588221.2018.1552975.

(PDF) Enhancing L2 learning through a mobile assisted spaced-repetition tool: an effective but bitter pill? (researchgate.net)

The app adapts to your learning

The spaced repetition intervals are affected by your feedback and customised to your learning speed. The app asks you to let it know how well you know the language and adjusts the intervals accordingly, showing you better known words at longer and longer intervals until you know them perfectly.

Voice, A. & Stirton, A. (2020). Spaced Repetition: towards more effective learning in STEM. New Directions in the Teaching of Physical Sciences. 15. 10.29311/ndtps.v0i15.3376.

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Vocabulary in context

The my.english-line student companion app shows you all the vocabulary alongside sentences showing you how to use the words and phrases meaningfully. This helps you to understand the true meaning of the vocabulary and avoids confusion with false friends in your own language. Additionally research has shown that learning vocabulary in context makes you more likely to remember it because the information is processed in deeper and more complex ways.

 

Zhang, B. (2009). Do example sentences work in direct vocabulary learning?. Issues in Educational Research. 19(2). 175-182.

Microsoft Word – zhang.doc (iier.org.au)

 

Listening and reading together help you remember

Learning vocabulary using more than one sense such as listening and seeing helps you to keep it in your memory and is a more effective way to study. You encode the information in a wider variety of ways creating more links in your memory. The my.english-line student companion app provides audio support for every vocabulary item, listening to this while you are practising helps you to achieve correct pronunciation and improves your chances of remembering at the same time.

 

Teng (2023) The effectiveness of multimedia input on vocabulary learning and retention. Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching, 17:3, 738-754, DOI: 10.1080/17501229.2022.2131791

Full article: The effectiveness of multimedia input on vocabulary learning and retention (tandfonline.com)