Brand new to the Education Show 2011: Vocab Express

Innovation in Modern Foreign Language Teaching

Vocab Express, the online modern foreign languages (MFL) vocabulary learning application, is attending the Education Show for the first time in 2011 to share with visitors its commitment to bringing the best of online learning to the world of foreign languages.

Since 2004, studying a language at GCSE has been optional. However the new English Baccalaureate that will only be awarded to students that take a language subject GCSE, will undoubtedly see a push to improve MFL provision and achievement in schools. Vocab Express provides an innovative and interactive method for educators seeking to engage and inspire young people in what is often perceived as a difficult option.

Vocab Express was designed in close collaboration with leading MFL departments to create a multi-lingual vocabulary library for Key Stages 2 to 5. Teacher workload is minimised through pre-loaded and categorised vocabulary from the major exam boards and leading MFL publishers including AQA, CIE, Edexcel, OCR, WJEC, Pearson and Hodder Education.

Students are motivated through a points and scoreboard system to compete against their peers and enable them to see their progress at a glance. In addition, all activity can be monitored by the teacher through a comprehensive set of real-time progress tracking tools.

Vocab Express encourages students to spend time studying the vocabulary before attempting a test. Once they start a test, there is no penalty for getting it wrong but they must a ‘clear run’ of correct answers to complete a section.

Integrating text, images and audio, Vocab Express can be used for in-class activities, cover lessons and homework. The school subscription allows students access both in class and at home. The new individual and family subscription service enables children whose school is not currently subscribing to experience and learn with Vocab Express.

Justin Sycamore, managing director, Vocab Express comments: “We are thrilled to be able to introduce Vocab Express for the first time to visitors to the Education Show. This innovative method of learning, revising and testing vocabulary engages students, keeps them actively learning, and raises attainment levels.”

March 2011