THE EFFECTIVENESS OF LEARNING VOCABULARY THROUGH GAMES IN COMPARISON WITH THAT IN TRADITIONAL TECHNIQUE
This research was conducted to compare the impacts of two vocabulary teaching techniques (through games and the traditional technique) on English vocabulary learning of a low proficiency group of the first students at Thanh Hoa University of Culture, Sports and Tourism. 60 subjects were divided in to two groups (an experimental group and a control group) comprising 30 students within the age range of 18-20. The subjects were assigned to two almost homogeneous groups, based on their scores on a general test which had been implemented before. All the students had the same level of English knowledge. The teacher as well as teaching materials was the same for the two groups. In the experimental group, the students were learned new words by memorizing word lists associated with their Vietnamese meanings. In the control group, the students were taught to learn new words through games. The data were collected from the similar tests of the pretest and posttest, which were administered to both groups. Each of them consisted of 40 multiple-choice items of vocabulary and a small post survey at the end of the sessions. The results of the study revealed that the students in the control group outperformed those in the experimental group. Based on the findings of the study , it can be concluded that games enhanced vocabulary development of the learners better than rote memorization of word-lists.
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