PUBLISHED EVIDENCE OF PERFORMANCE BY THE AUTHOR OF LINKWORD
Beaton, A. A ., Gruneberg, M. M., Hyde, C. Shufflebottom, A. & Sykes, R.N. (2005). Facilitation of receptive and productive foreign vocabulary acquisition using the keyword method: The role of image quality. Memory, 13, 458-471
This study shows that poor quality images result in less good memory for vocabulary than rote learning, but that good images-taken from Linkword courses result in very much better learning of vocabulary than rote learning
Sommer S. and Gruneberg M (2002) The use of Linkword Language computer courses in a Classroom situation; A case study at Rugby school. Language Learning Journal, 26, 48-53
This study shows that using Linkword alongside normal classroom learning resulted in much better end of term examination performance for a group of poor learners including pupils who were dyslexic. It also showed they much preferred the Linkword course to normal language learning
Gruneberg M. and Pascoe K. (1996) The effectivness of the keyword method for receptive and productive learning in the elderly. Contemporary Educational Psychology, 21, 102-109
This study showed that old age was not a barrier to the effectiveness of Linkword, as a group of over 65 year old learners did significantly better with Linkword that those not using Linkword.
Beaton, A. A ., Gruneberg, M. M., and Ellis N (1995) Retention of foreign vocabulary learned using the keyword method: a ten year follow up. Second Language Research,11,2, pp 112-120
This Case Study showed that even 10 years a learner had learned Italian level 1- including a vocabulary of 400 words, he remembered 30% of words without any revision. When he was then given 10 minutes to go though the glossary for revision, he remembered 70% of the vocabulary. Finally he was given 1.5 hours to go through the whole course and he remembered almost 100% of the words when tested
Gruneberg M , Sykes R and Gillett E. (1994). The facilitating effect of Mnemonic strategies on two learning tasks in learning disabled adults. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 4, 241-254
This study showed that even learners with learning difficulties learned significantly more with Linkword than rote learning
Gruneberg M and Jacobs G (2002) In defence of Linkword. Language Learning Journal 26,48-53
This paper contains reports of a series of case studies all of which show that those using Linkword courses find Linkword much faster, easier and more enjoyable that normal language learning. One study of executives at Thomson Holidays, was assessed by a consultant for Berlitz. He found the group had learned in 12 hours what normally took 40 hours. Other studies showed that learners found Linkword to help not only vocabulary but also grammar learning
We know of NO other courses in language learning that have published, in scientific journals, details of how they perform in terms of speed of learning or in terms of how fast easy and enjoyable learners find the courses. The level of satisfaction of actual users is also backed up by our feedback on ebay.co.uk, where there have been over 3100 positive feedbacks from customers.
A KEY STUDY
Raugh M and Atkinson R (1975) A mnemonic method for learning foreign languages. Journal of Educational Psychology.67, 1-16
This study found that using the Keyword (Linkword) method of learning vocabulary increased learning from 28% to 88%, an increase of over 3 times.
INFORMATION ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dr Michael Gruneberg, the author of Linkword Courses, is an internationally recognised expert on learning methods. He has published over 50 studies on memory and memory improvement and has used his expertise to design language courses which teach not only what to learn but how to remember what you learn. Not only the use of imagery, but a large number of other memory enhancing strategies are included in Linkword courses because of Dr Gruneberg’s research.
Dr Gruneberg is a former President of the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, an international learned society. He has been involved in a number of broadcasts for the BBC, including writing the original script for the BBC QED programme, THE MAGIC of MEMORY and was the scientific consultant for the BBC series on Unforgettable Memory. He was senior lecturer in Psychology at Swansea University and Visiting Professor of Psychology at Indiana State University.