Using ICT to support students’ acquisition and use of second language lexis

I originally wrote this paper in September 2012 as part of my teacher training. It mostly focuses on Memrise and how it can be used in an educational context.


Information and communication technologies (ICT) can be employed to provide learners with effective strategies that allow them to maximize their autonomy outside of the classroom. This includes issues of self-evaluation, aspects of learner motivation and effects on students’ reward mechanisms. I will consider how ICT can support the autonomous development of students’ lexical skills, their awareness of lexical chunks and correct use of items in various linguistic contexts. To this effect, I will analyse the results of long-term evaluation relating to knowledge, synthesis, accuracy, pronunciation and fluency. These are intrinsically linked to the impact of vocabulary learning strategies on long-term memory, the effectiveness of mnemonics designed to engage multiple intelligences and students’ ability to progress from passive to active lexis. Finally, I want to consider to what extent ICT can be used to create a community of practice marked by peer-evaluation, creativity and intrinsic motivation.


vocabulary, ICT, CALL, mnemonics, motivation, feedback, gamification, online, community, assessment, Memrise

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These days most of my time is spent on education rather than photography. I’m sitting on a pile of teaching material that might as well be of use to someone instead of just collecting dust. So I’ve added a new category to the site to which I’ll occasionally post ideas or lesson content that can benefit other educators. My next post will start things off with my research on Memrise, the language learning website about which I wrote my mémoire in 2012. Stay tuned.


I helped the Go|Media team at this year’s international scout camp on the Kirchberg in Luxembourg. This is my selection of the many photos  I took there.