Ultimate Vocabulary Creators eReflect Challenges Teachers to Consider Student Perspectives in Teaching English

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eReflect, the well-known e-learning software company, recently discussed the results of a 2012 study on learning tools. In their news release, the development team behind Ultimate Vocabulary pointed out that effective tools take into consideration the students’, and not only the teachers’, point of view.

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A large part of the problem turned out to be a deficiency on the part of the teacher to shape their methods to the capability and needs of the students.

In a news release discussing teaching strategies and the importance of adapting tools to student's needs, eReflect, the company behind the Ultimate Vocabulary software system, urged teachers and other software developers to keep the views of the end users and students in mind. The thrust of Ultimate Vocabulary’s advocacy is to challenge teachers to reshape their syllabus and lesson plans according to how students view the task of learning a second language, such as English. Because the language is foreign, much more diligence and perseverance is required by both the teacher and the learner in order to make the endeavor a successful one.

A study published on January 2012 in the International Refereed Research Journal supports Ultimate Vocabulary's belief. In this study, the problem that was focused on was how despite the fact that there are 11-13 years of English instruction provided in Malaysian schools, there are still some students that fail to master English as a second language. Using purposive sampling to gather 46 respondents - all graduates of a Kota Kinabalu, Sabah public secondary school - the study made use of the popular social media site, Facebook, to gather data.

The respondents answered the queries of the researchers through a dialogue journal posted as on Facebook, which also allowed them to give their input on the answers of the other group members. The results of the study provided a fresh perspective on why some Malaysian students still find it difficult to learn vocabulary in English. A large part of the problem turned out to be a deficiency on the part of the teacher to shape their methods to the capability and needs of the students.

As Ultimate Vocabulary’s Managing Director Marc Slater noted, “Not all of the students have the same capacity or inclination to learn English in a set pace. Some students get an improved vocabulary faster than others, while others get left behind.” Among the reasons stated in the study for why some students find learning vocabulary in English difficult, the research cites the following: the speed at which the teacher speaks; the vagueness of the words used in communication; or lack of adequate explanation in the student's native tongue. The study even identified a problem in the simple fact that some students view English only as a subject that they must pass in order to move on to the next year level.

As a challenge, Marc Slater reiterates that it's not always only the students who must make an effort in vocabulary improvement. “It's just as important for the teachers to reassess their approach when it comes to teaching language. Our company’s vocabulary software should be able to provide that much-needed supporting tool for the teachers as they set out to be better educators of English as a second language.”

This is in line with the conclusion of the study, which found that “teachers should take the initiative to ensure their teaching plans are effective while students’ learning becomes meaningful through a myriad and mixture of teaching methods to cater to a majority of the students’ learning styles and preferences.”

In this case, “practice makes perfect” applies both to students and teachers.

For more information on this review and how you can benefit from Ultimate Vocabulary, please visit its official website, http://www.ultimatevocabulary.com.

About Ultimate Vocabulary™

Ultimate Vocabulary provides a proven and powerful platform, built to improve anyone’s vocabulary.

The interactive self-improvement system provides more learning tools than any other program on the market, as well as more information on words.

The Ultimate Vocabulary software provides each and every user with a personal computer tutor. Providing a step-by-step guide to learning a powerful vocabulary, Ultimate Vocabulary is the learning tool everyone can benefit from.

Of course, the software is also backed by eReflect’s iron-clad money back guarantee.

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