I found an article on the Omniglot website that states that the Image Recall technique is a good method to learn a new language. It also states that software like Rosetta Stone use this technique.

The idea is that you look at images and hear the native word for that image at the same time, thus developing a mental association between the two. If successful, when you attempt to recall the word at a later date, the image will appear in your mind and affirm the correct choice of word.

My question is that what advantage does this learning method have over other traditional classroom learning methods?

Update from comments: By other traditional classroom learning methods I mean the method where a person teaches a language by using stories, poems, essays (with a meaning in our native lang) and conducting speech competitions, etc...

  • @AlexA. By Traditional Classroom learning I mean the method where a person teaches a language by using stories, poems, essays (with a meaning in our native lang) and conducting speech competitions, etc...
    – Kolappan N
    Commented Apr 5, 2016 at 18:38
  • @KolappanNathan Please edit the question with your additional information. Also are you limiting the scope to only vocabulary building, or learning a language in general?
    – user3169
    Commented Apr 6, 2016 at 2:39
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    – user3169
    Commented Apr 6, 2016 at 19:25
  • The image recall technique is a method for learning vocabulary. Standard classroom learning teaches a variety of different language skills. I'm my own school time learning vocabulary was commonly assigned as homework.
    – Christian
    Commented Apr 20, 2016 at 10:18
  • The "image recall technique" has been part of the various teaching techniques used within the classroom for ages, so I do not get the point of your question.
    – None
    Commented Apr 20, 2016 at 13:49

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You learn images faster than words. So associating images with their respective word helps people learn the word faster.

In this article, it states:

A large body of research indicates that visual cues help us to better retrieve and remember information. The research outcomes on visual learning make complete sense when you consider that our brain is mainly an image processor (much of our sensory cortex is devoted to vision), not a word processor. In fact, the part of the brain used to process words is quite small in comparison to the part that processes visual images.

Basically, your brain was built to remember images a lot faster than words, which can take quite a while. For example, you might remember a restaurant's name after seeing its logo, which is taken in and stored by the brain as a visual. This type of association between images and words can help others retrieve the correct words faster. This also will help with retention and comprehension:

Based upon research outcomes, the effective use of visuals can decrease learning time, improve comprehension, enhance retrieval, and increase retention.

This is usually why lots of people are visual learners: because they learn by associating images with the correct terms, and images are stored as memory faster.

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