Making Languages Memorable: Classroom activities to improve students’ memory

Presented by: Rowena Bata

Event Information: 6 PD Hours 

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For many students studying a foreign language, learning the vocabulary and grammar they need to communicate can be a challenge. Yet research in linguistics has shown that a critical mass of vocabulary is necessary for development in grammar, and that lexical development precedes grammatical development. How can we make use of the research to support the students in our classes?

This workshop will provide a brief overview of how memory works, and participants will explore activities and techniques that improve memory. They will look at curriculum planning strategies which help to reactivate prior knowledge, and the merits of learning by heart in the age of Google. In addition, they will explore practical ways they can use technology to improve their students’ vocabulary and grammar retention.

This is a hands-on workshop and participants will work with Rowena to enhance some of their existing classroom activities and practices. They will come away with a host of new ideas to use with their students.

Participants will need to bring a laptop to take part fully in this workshop.

Event Details:


Tuesday 13th August, 2019

  9.30am - 3.30pm (Reg. from 8.30am)

 Jasper Hotel

489 Elizabeth Street,

Melbourne, Victoria.


Target Audience: All Language Teachers.

  $279.00 + GST

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About the Presenter

Rowena Bata has been a Languages teacher for 25 years and she has worked at schools in Victoria as well as in France, Papua New Guinea and Malaysia. She has held various positions of leadership and has taught students of all ages, from Prep to adult. Rowena holds a Master’s degree in Linguistics and she is a Microsoft Innovative Educator Trainer. She is interested in bridging the gap between second language acquisition theory and what happens in a classroom, and she has a particular focus on the role that technology can play in the language learning process. Rowena has a wealth of experience that she brings to her presentations and her workshops are always practical and full of ideas for teachers to take away and use in their class immediately.

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