Memory Tricks Mnemonic Devices and their Impact in Vocabulary Acquisition – a webinar by Carly Vaitkevicius

Dear Colleagues,

IATEFL Poland and Carly Vaitkevicius,

have the pleasure to invite you to the webinar

which will take place on Wednesday, 15th of November, between 20.30 and 21.30 CET.

Your registration will be made via Zoom platform.

This webinar is titled:

Memory Tricks Mnemonic Devices and their Impact in Vocabulary Acquisition


This study examines the value of memory techniques used in L2 vocabulary acquisition. Fourteen participants were tasked with memorizing a list of vocabulary terms in a pseudo-language. Participants were divided into two groups, one where learners used mnemonic devices and one where they used repetition-based memorization as a comparison. They were then tested through direct translation and productive use in speech to demonstrate their acquisition of the words. While both groups achieved nearly identical accuracy mean results, the group using mnemonic devices showed more hesitation time between utterances. This suggests a potential detriment in success for the use of mnemonic devices in acquiring procedural competency in the short term. The results highlight the need for further research into the impact of mnemonic devices as strategies in helping language learners develop vocabulary for communicative competence.

During the webinar all participants will be provided with a certificate of participation, which they will be able to download.

IATEFL Poland members have priority of registration for this webinar.

Do not delay. The number of participants is limited.

Professional profile

Carly Vaitkevicius

Carly Vaitkevicius is a 2022 graduate of Grand Valley State University’s Master of Applied Linguistics program. Carly is currently applying for PhD programs with an emphasis in Second Language Acquisition.


On behalf of IATEFL Poland

Webinar organisers:

Anna Rogalewicz-Gałucka

Chief Administrative Officer


Lucyna Wilinkiewicz-Górniak

Webinars’ Coordinator

Kraków Region Representative


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