Dr. Erin N. O’Reilly began her language learning journey at the age of 13 at the Concordia Language Camps in Minnesota. She continued her learning as an exchange student with the American Field Service and later as a military linguist for the U.S. Army. Her lifelong love of language has led her to a career across continents. Dr. O’Reilly now pursues her research interests focused on how adult learners acquire language.
on April 16, 2013 :
Review of How to Actually Remember Vocabulary: 51 Strategies for Language Learners
The title of this book made me optimistic that I would learn techniques that might make a real difference in my ability to retain vocabulary. These strategies are much more than variations on flashcards. The book is well planned and easy to follow. The strategies are grouped by approach, for use by individuals or groups, and classified for varying levels of proficiency. It is obvious that Dr. O’Reilly has “been there” with regards to personal experience with second language acquisition, as she presented material in a supportive way that lets you know she relates to the challenges being faced, and it is also clear that she has spent much time developing approaches that can make a difference. Dr. O’Reilly has included the “whys”: the explanations for strategies she presents. She also offers cautions to steer the reader away from behaviors that might thwart progress. By the time I finished reading this book, my optimism was confirmed: I feel that I now have many ways of mastering vocabulary to choose from that I am eager to use, and have a good understanding of which ones I should try, when I should try them, and why.
(reviewed the day of purchase)