“eyeVocab provides sounds, images, and feedback to learners’ typed responses for every lexical entry, and I can personally attest to the success of this method.”

Robert Blake
Distinguished Professor of Spanish Linguistics
and Spanish Language Program Director, UC Davis

Visually Powerful and Emotionally Engaging

By creating an environment that is stripped of all distraction, eyeVocab enables users to focus on learning. Within this heightened state of attention, students are able to tap into complex visual representations of new vocabulary that allow them to form a mental and emotional connection to the information. This leads to immediate comprehension and long term retention.

Instead of matching vocabulary with obvious visual cues or clues, eyeVocab presents distinctive images of art and culture that ignite an affective process of interpretation. As users process the richness of the images and their connection to vocabulary, they unlock a deeper discursive understanding of the terms. This multifaceted mental and emotional tether fixes new information in the long term memory. With eyeVocab, students are able to learn vocabulary quicker and remember it longer and more accurately than ever before.

Here, the the Latin verb for ‘move, stir up, set in motion’ is illustrated by Maerten van Heemskerck’s Panorama of the Abduction of Helen, 1535, and shown its four principal parts. eyeVocab plays a recording of the proper pronunciation, with slight exaggeration of long vowels, which users repeat out loud as they type. The image illustrates the concept in an unexpected and appealing manner, which combined with the compelling voice and the verbal and mechanical rehearsal of the word, seals the phrase in the user’s mind.

eyeVocab’s new integrated onscreen keyboard, which can be displayed or hidden with a keystroke, has several functions. In Arabic it is essential for learning to touch type, which is now possible in a few hours, while continuing to learn vocabulary. In Latin and Spanish it brings touch typing within the reach of young students, and those who do not have computers at home. It is also a quick reference for the program’s keyboard shortcuts which enable the typing of diacritics and special characters without the need to break focus by looking at the keyboard.