Adventures in Language

Teaching Tips & Tricks | What Is the Spacing Effect?

December 07, 2021 Mango Languages
Adventures in Language
Teaching Tips & Tricks | What Is the Spacing Effect?
Show Notes

As a language teacher, you want your students to remember the language long after they leave class. Of course, that doesn’t always happen, but what if there was a way for you to help them retain the language longer?
That’s where the Spacing Effect comes in! In this podcast, your language guide Emily (teacher, PhD) is talking about the Spacing Effect, which is one of the most well-researched, yet under-utilized learning principles. What is it, why does it matter to language learning, and what do you need to know about it to improve your students’ long-term retention of the language?

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Dutch | Hallo! Hoe gaat het? is ‘Hello! How are you? (lit. ‘Hello! How goes it?) and Dáág is ‘Goodbye!’
Brazilian Portuguese | Sem mais demora is ‘without further ado’ (lit. ‘without more delay’)
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Want to explore more of the research underlying this episode? 
Ullman, M. T., & Lovelett, J. T. (2018). Implications of the declarative/procedural model for improving second language learning: The role of memory enhancement techniques. Second language research, 34(1), 39-65. | This is a scholarly article with a helpful overview into the research on how Spaced Repetition affects Second Language Acquisition. 
Carey, B. (2015). How we learn: The surprising truth about when, where, and why it happens. Random House Trade Paperbacks. | Check out Chapter 4, titled “Spacing Out: The Advantage of Breaking Up Study Time.” 

Meet your guide Emily! Emily Sabo (PhD, University of Michigan) is a linguist at Mango Languages. A Pittsburgh native, her areas of specialization are the social and cognitive factors that impact bilingual language processing and production. Having studied 7 languages and lived in various countries abroad, she sees multilingualism -- and the cultural diversity that accompanies it -- as the coolest of superpowers. Complementary to her work at Mango, Emily is a Lecturer of Spanish at the University of Tennessee, a Producer of the “We Are What We Speak’ docuseries, and get this...a storytelling standup comedian!

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