How does FlashAcademy® work?

Meredith Cicercia PhD is a linguist researcher and part of the team behind FlashAcademy®’s pedagogical approach. She talks about the lashAcademy® research-led methodology below.

Differentiated learning and engagement

Differentiated learning and engagement

Differentiated learning and engagement

Lessons can be repeated as needed, games can be played on-demand
and questions are targeted based on previous answers. Success is rewarded
and feedback is built into the app to create a positive experience for every skill level.

Grammar and communication

Grammar and communication

Grammar and communication

Learning is scaffolded through layered teaching approaches. Pupils are taught grammar principles through fun animated videos and understanding is embedded and tested through a range of contextual challenges.

Multi-sensory input

Multi-sensory input

Multi-sensory input

At FlashAcademy®, we use a combination of multi-modal
flashcards that combine images, videos, audio, and text to help pupils learn and retain new words through input to multiple sensory channels.

Vocabulary acquisition

Vocabulary acquisition

Vocabulary acquisition

Our approach is grounded in research on vocabulary acquisition via both incidental
and deliberate learning. By focusing our efforts on expanding both the breadth and depth of a learner’s vocabulary, we can help them achieve a greater level of understanding.

Gamification and motivation

Gamification and motivation

Gamification and motivation

By embracing a gamified approach, FlashAcademy® ensures pupils are having fun and more words make it into long term memory. Leader boards spur pupils to compete and help them engage with language learning on a more regular basis.

Recall, retention, and use

Recall, retention, and use

Recall, retention, and use

Research on memory and learning tells us we need to see a new language often and in a particular order to effectively move it from short to long-term memory. Our recall exercises are designed to help pupils practise the words they most need to see, when they need to see them.

The Research Behind Language Learning Success

Download Meredith’s research which includes practical suggestions to improve language learning in your classroom.

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Vocabulary learning in the EAL Classroom

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Thinking about sounds in multisensory language learning

Over 90% of our EAL Induction students made at least 1 proficiency grade of progress with over 50% of them achieving 2 grades of progress last year. Coupled with our Induction course, Flash Academy has truly helped our students transition through their proficiency stages at an accelerated rate.
Hollie O'Sullivan, Director of EAL, Great Barr Academy
It is without doubt that children who are new to English make rapid progress when using Flashacademy. Over 60% of our pupils with EAL progressed by at least one proficiency grade over 12 months [vs national average of 18%] – it is having a tremendous impact for our pupils.
Claire Evans, Deputy Head, Anderton Park Primary School
It was amazing to see the response of even shy pupils to the native speaker videos; they see the mouth movements and instinctively copy them. It’s a fantastic resource to support pupils who are completely new to English and really accelerates their learning.
Olivia O’Connor, Inclusion Manager, Hillside Junior School
Pupils are engaging with it, spending time together, having fun and still learning at the same time. It benefits the children so much and the progress they have made since using it has just doubled.
Emma McCormick, EAL Lead, Lily Lane Primary School

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