Are your students not achieving on vocab quizes?
If you answered yes, Perpetua Flashcards can help.
Research has proven that flashcards are an effective method to learning new material. And our research has shown that our electronic flashcard system is an even more effective method that teaches visual recognition of vocabulary.
THE PAPER PROBLEM
Our studies have shown that for a set of 30 new words it takes between 20 and 40 repetitions to master the set. This means that at minimum the learning is having to manually flip each card 600 times. For the typical language course which has a word set of 800-1000 words, this means for the student to effectively learn the language he/she must flip the cards between 16,000 and 32,000 times—and we are not even considering review.
Furthermore, paper flashcards are expensive. For just one language, it typically costs twice as much to buy or make you own flashcards as it does to buy Perpetua.
Paper is clumsy. Ever packed 600 recipe cards on a bus? Ever dropped a set of flashcards on a bus? Enough said.
Some learners have suggested that making their own flashcards helps them learn. Studies of our test users have shown this not to be the case. For the typical learner, making one’s own flashcards is no more effective than 2 repetitions of commercially prepared cards. Making one’s own flashcards is a waste of time and money.
PERPETUA SOLVES THOSE PROBLEMS AND MORE
One of the biggest problems of language learning is card management. While reviewing words that you have already learned enforces permanence, they also interfere with the acquisition of new vocabulary. You can pull those cards out only to forget what you’ve previously learned. What if cards were gradually pulled out as you learn them, and they are returned to the deck occasionally to jog the memory? Perpetua’s card management system is automatic, seamless, and focuses the student’s efforts of what needs to be learned.
Of course, there are more benefits to Perpetua than just its card management. Perpetua comes with a wide complement of ancient languages and German, which W. F. Albright called “the most important Semitic language.” We currently support Koine Greek (1300 words), Biblical Hebrew (1700 words), Aramaic (400 words), Middle Egyptian (1000 words), Coptic (700 words), Akkadian (400 words), and German (1000 words).
The process of learning a language is difficult and frustrating because one does not often feel like progress is being made. Perpetua provides feedback so that the learner knows progress is being made. That progress helps to encourage the learner by showing the learner
If you or anyone you know is struggling to learn one of the ancient languages supported by Perpetua Flashcards, we can help.