Go ahead. Type “Color Coding Foreign Language Learning” into the Google Search window.
Yip, almost every single result pertains to teaching a foreign language to the learning disabled. So, since I was interested in color coding my Spanish notes, does that make me learning disabled. ummmm. Well…. Yeah, I’m learning disabled, but geez. Very interesting what Google can teach you unintentionally.
Anyways, I was trying to find a consistent system for color coding my Spanish notes. I figured that someone out there must have done this before.
From what I can tell, yes, the experts know that color coding notes is very helpful for visual learners, but there isn’t a standard for color coding..
But, why would I be interested in a standard for color coding. I have two reasons. One, I’ve noticed that various Spanish teaching methods color code their material, i.e. Duolingo color codes the various parts of speech, and I wanted to color code my notes consistently so that I could avoid confusion. Second, I figured that an expert ,may have figured out a better way of color coding that would enhance my learning and I didn’t want to waste my time using an inferior method.
And, as I’ve said, there is NO standard. There’s some encouragement to use blue ink for masculine and red/pink ink for feminine. I’ve also seen orange for masculine and purple for feminine, but I’m thinking that’s an avoidance of typical female social stereotyping as pink and frilly.
Duolingo color codes various parts of speech. But, Duolingo uses shades of colors, i.e. light blue and dark blue, and Duolingo only uses the color code to color sections of their learning tree not actual words. I am not a fan of shades of colors for color coding so for now, I’m testing out my own color codes. Essentially, it appears that the experts believe that color coding is helpful and that the particular colors don’t really matter. And, that makes sense. It’s just that I use so many different sources for my learning that I was trying to create some consistency.
Anyways, I plan to post a follow-up with a review of my color coding system.
And, I would love to hear from others, whether they color code their notes and how it works or doesn’t work for them.