Around 70% of what we forget is forgotten in the first 24 hours after initial learning. Techniques exist for memorizing items in the short-term, but less is known about how and what we remember longer-term. What we do know is that effective learning comes from the brain making links between things and that these links are strengthened by use. In this workshop, I will use practical examples to show the kinds of stronger links we can help students to make using: imagery, repetition, emotion, stories, language with a high utility factor, multi-sensory approaches and peer-teaching.
Paul Dummett is a teacher and writer based in Oxford, UK, where he ran his own school teaching English to professionals from 1996 to 2006. He currently teaches children in Palestine through the Hands up project. His main interest is the use of images and stories in language teaching and how these can help to enhance learning. Seeking out writing projects that explore these interests, he has found a natural home at National Geographic Learning with titles such as LIFE and Keynote. He likes travel, exercise and live music/spoken word performance.