0628 GMT January 20, 2020
Learning a foreign language has become a bit of a nightmare for many Iranians, as acquiring lots of vocabularies in a short period seems to be impossible — particularly for those who want to include this in their daily schedule.
It becomes even more complicated when a person needs to learn lots of key vocabularies to pass particular exams, such as university entrance exams, TOEFL, IELTS and TOLIMO.
The urgent need to learn a foreign language has prompted language researchers around the world to constantly devise techniques and methods to make it easier for learners to retain lots of vocabularies within a short time as well as making language learning a fun.
Invented by a young language researcher named Mohsen Taraghi Gashti, ‘T-coding’ [T stands for Taraghi], has been certified by global language experts as one of the most successful methods for retaining vocabularies in the shortest time. The method has been taught in Iranian language institutes for the last five years and has been well-received by language learners.
Unlike what people who are unfamiliar with teaching vocabulary may think, 'T-Coding' involves complex processes applied to the psyche.
'T-Coding' is based on a preliminary idea proposed by Professor Atkinson (1975) called Mnemonics (Keyword Method), which was supposed to be the best method of teaching vocabulary (Cohen, 1990). However, his method was not flawless. While the idea was that learners should create an image for each and every word they need to know, the real problem was encountered when they had to deal with abstract words.
'T-Coding', which was first introduced by Taraghi and received wide recognition through his presentation at Texas University in 2015, can solve the problems associated with Mnemonics.
Iran Daily conducted an exclusive interview with Taraghi — a PhD candidate at Tehran University — to learn more about his method.
Excerpts of the interview follow:
IRAN DAILY: What is T-Coding?
MOHSEN TARAGHI: T-Coding is based on three phases. First, a link is identified and created in the first language or it can be a link in the second language, which the learner already knows. For this link —whatever it is — a real life example and explanation (a universal code) is provided. After that, it is placed in a sentence to create more connections in the memory.
While in the previous strategy sought to create an image — which was sometimes impossible when it came to abstract words — in T-Coding, the concept of the new word is created through an example.
There is no limitation for T-Coding, as is the case with Mnemonics. On the other hand, the speed of learning words through T-Coding happened at a faster clip than the other methods documented.
In fact, T-Coding does not teach vocabulary, but it implants meaning in the memory with real life examples which already exist in the learners’ long-term memory.
This method claims long-term retention and the speed of learning and also great number of words learnt in one session of the course.
How many books have you published?
I have published more than 20 books mostly concerning vocabulary and some focusing on teaching methodology, reading and etymology.
How many codes have been created so far?
More than 10,000 codes have been created so far. I have created codes for the most common vocabulary books in the market, including ‘504 Essential Words’, ‘Essential Words for the TOEFL’, ‘1100 Words You Need to Know’, ‘Vocabulary for the High School Students’, ‘Vocabulary for the College-Bound Student’.
I am working on books titled ‘601 Words’, ‘Essential Words for IEELTS and TOEFL Ibt’. I am also writing a dictionary of etymology.
Did it take too long to make the codes?
It actually took me five years of hard work and trial and error. I needed to identify which codes had the higher power of retention and which ones were more tangible for the learners compared to others.
Have you been awarded for your invention?
I obtained a patent from Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance and I also won acceptances from two American universities to present my method on ‘Coding’.
Is your method applicable to other languages?
Yes, I have taught a limited number of Arabic words using this method. In fact, I presented those words while elaborating on my method at the University of Texas, which surprised the audience. They were taken aback.
Are your students satisfied with your method? Who are the main participants of your classes?
Honestly speaking, I have never seen or heard of anyone attending T-Coding classes without finding them useful and functional. The participants are mostly those preparing for the university entrance exam, IELTS, TOECFL iBT, and GRE. In a nutshell, whoever wants to increase their vocabulary in a very short time, can attend T-Coding classes.
What is the most practical way to learn English?
To me the best way to learn a second language is to take part in English classes which last more than 10-hour per week.
Why are you interested in teaching?
I believe I was born a teacher and I consider it a gift of God. I am really proud of this talent. I believe I can simply transfer my knowledge to students irrespective of the level of English they are studying.
Can people create the codes themselves?
To many, it seems to be an easy process and I know of some people who have tried to emulate this method. But unfortunately they have not been successful in doing so because the codes I have invented include 14 categories presented at Texas University and there is logic behind every created code. Those unaware of the principles might think they can easily do it but in most cases they are mistaken and are only misguiding others.
How can others become familiar with your classes and your method?
The necessary information about my classes and method can be found at www.mohsentaraghilanguagecenter.com; those who are interested can also contact me at email; firstname.lastname@example.org