The keyword method is a two-stage procedure for remembering materials that have an associative component. In the case of foreign vocabulary learning, for example, the learner first must acquire a stable association between the unfamiliar foreign word and a familiar English word that sounds like a salient part of the foreign word. The acoustically similar English word is the keyword. The learner then encodes a meaningful interaction between the keyword and the foreign word's definition. The method has been investigated most extensively with respect to recall of definitions from vocabulary words.

Skill Level: Beginner
Skill Level: Beginner