What is it about?

In this study, we investigated whether interleaving -- a method of switching between topics while studying or practicing -- helps students learn Spanish grammar. The results showed that when one "interleaves" between topics across multiple days, interleaving substantially improves learning.

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Why is it important?

This is the first demonstration that interleaving can benefit foreign language learning. Most language learners and instructors do the opposite of interleaving: one topic is learned at a time. This research suggests that in some cases, taking this different approach is better.


Want to improve your ability to learn a new language? This study may help you.

Steven Pan
University of California, Los Angeles

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This page is a summary of: Does interleaved practice enhance foreign language learning? The effects of training schedule on Spanish verb conjugation skills., Journal of Educational Psychology, January 2019, American Psychological Association (APA),
DOI: 10.1037/edu0000336.
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