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Six seconds to visualize the word: improving EFL learners' vocabulary through VVVs ARTICLE

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Journal of Computer Assisted Learning Volume 33, Number 4, ISSN 1365-2729 Publisher: Wiley

Abstract

This paper moves away from reminiscent mechanical repetition and drills, which were in vogue when teaching vocabulary before the rise of technology. With the support of technology, innovative methodologies that are more effective and enjoyable can be implemented into vocabulary teaching. In this particular context, there seems to be a lack of technology integration in vocabulary teaching because of teachers being untrained and/or not provided with the necessary technology. The aim of this study was to foster vocabulary development through the implementation of Vine vocabulary videos in English vocabulary learning. An embedded mixed methods design was employed to collect necessary data for analysis. The results of the post-test revealed that the practice of Vine vocabulary videos was effective and improved participants' vocabulary. The content analysis of the semi-structured interviews carried out with participants indicated that they had enjoyed the whole process and found it very motivating and effective. This study claims that adopting smartphones into a vocabulary course will enable English as a foreign language learners to expand and consolidate their vocabulary learning outside the classroom, engage them in a collaborative learning environment, practice and use the language being learnt and share their knowledge and experiences with their peers.

Citation

Kurt, M. & Bensen, H. (2017). Six seconds to visualize the word: improving EFL learners' vocabulary through VVVs. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 33(4), 334-346. Wiley. Retrieved August 17, 2017 from .