Journal of Global Research in Education and Social Science
 

Journal of Global Research in Education and Social Science, ISSN No. : 2454-1834, Vol.: 10, Issue.: 4

Original Research Article

EFFECTIVE METHODS FOR TEACHING ENGLISH VOCABULARY TO SAUDI FEMALE STUDENTS

 

AMANI K. HAMDAN ALGHAMDI1 AND SAFA’A ABDULSALAM ALAHMAD1*

1College of Education, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University (University of Dammam), Saudi Arabia.

Abstracts

Learning vocabulary in an English-language classroom is a major challenge for many students as it is an essential part of foreign-language learning. Words convey meaning and the expansion of vocabulary helps to eliminate misunderstandings in communication. This study investigates the impact of implementing new vocabulary teaching strategies—context drills, word-on-board games, flash-card games, mini-presentations, role playing, dictionary use and blended learning—to promote ESL learners’ vocabulary acquisition. The control group was taught vocabulary using the traditional didactic teaching method. The sample consisted of 248 first-year students enrolled in the Faculty of Education and in the Deanship of the Preparatory Year at the University of Dammam. English instructors with similar qualifications and experience taught the students. Vocabulary pre- and post-tests were given to the groups at the beginning and at the end of the class. Then the data collected from the tests were documented and were statistically analyzed. The findings revealed that students taught using the alternative methods of instruction had better vocabulary test scores than those taught using the traditional method. These methods have proven to be effective in terms of improving students’ vocabulary acquisition.

Keywords :

Saudi EFL; EFL; Saudi female students.