Despite the importance of vocabulary in the study of languages, many pupils can struggle to learn new words.  It was this problem that Lilly Freeman set out to solve in her research project.  Lilly applied the principles of metacognition – “learning to learn” – to help her year 7 class develop their language skills.  By employing the correct method, pupils were able to form stronger mental connections between the foreign words and their English counterparts.  This allowed pupils to grow in confidence and improve their scores in their weekly vocab’ tests.  Lilly completed her research as part of the Perse Research Award programme and you can read more about it here.

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