Affective depth refers to making emotional judgments about the newly learned words to store and recall newly learned words more readily. (Think about students trying to memorize words-rote learning versus trying to associate some emotions). Sometimes I ask students to form small groups and discuss the words that we learned. Take the example course book unit on globalization. . I give my students some guiding questions that they need to discuss in their group and then report to us: “Which words in the unit represent globalization? Do these words evoke any pleasant or unpleasant associations?...etc. At first my students had difficult time understanding the rationale behind talking about the newly learned words. I explained that we are trying out some techniques to learn and recall words better. Later on it became routine and some students stated that it helped them. It was obviously more enjoyable and I overheard them sharing their own way and giving advice to each other about learning vocabulary.
Use it or lose it
I ask my students to bring their vocabulary notes/ journals/ notebooks into class every day and when we do an in or out class task I ask them (beg them) to use the newly learned words.
I try to provide repetitions of encounter with a word. E.g. After seeing a model, students prepare vocabulary exercises. After I do the editing collaborative end product would be ready for use.
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