There are so many new words in a lesson, if my kid won’t memorize all of them, can he still understand what the teacher says?
Teachers are aware of the vocabulary, and words they use in class. High-quality teachers are able to adapt their language to the needs of the class. However, it is true that sometimes teachers may use vocabulary that students don’t know.
No need to worry.
In order for improvement, students need to be challenged. If they understand 100% of the class, it is too easy for them. They should go to a different level class where they can be held to a higher standard.
If there are too many new vocabulary words, that can be a problem. We can speak to the teacher to see about making some adjustments.
Reviewing is important for retaining information. Therefore, watching the class videos or reviewing the material on your own time is recommended. For tips, please read the article titled “How to Memorize Vocabulary”
The goal is not to memorize vocabulary, but to become fluent in the language. Think about when children learn their first language. Memorization is a useful tool, but not the most important one. Remembering vocabulary will come with other skills through reading, writing, speaking and listening.
Numerous resources and studies discounted the “rote memorization” approach to learning languages. It is not very effective. In fact, a study in Taiwan found that even after years of study of a foreign language, students were unable to recognize the 1,000 most used words. (Source: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-44569277). English speakers use about 5,000 words frequently, with the numbers increasing as education does. Based on the above numbers, that means after years of following rote memorization methods, only 20% of language was learned.
If you do wish to memorize words, then please consider doing some additional techniques. For example, instead of memorizing the word “banana”, try to use banana in a sentence, or have a conversation about it. Talk about your favorite fruit, or what you think about bananas. Your brain will be able to form a better connection through practical use, and application. As stated earlier, memorization is just one tool that we hope you use. It can be effective, but also misused very easily. Our goal is to give students the best education possible.