The effect of vocabulary notebooks on vocabulary acquisition
- Publisher: Bilkent University
Vocabulary notebook | vocabulary learning strategies | P53.9 .B69 2007 | Vocabulary--Study and teaching. | English language--Study and teaching--Foreign speakers.
Ankara : The Department of Teaching English as a Foreign Language, Bilkent University, 2007.
Thesis (Master's) -- Bilkent University, 2007.
Includes bibliographical references leaves 82-87
This study investigated the effectiveness of vocabulary notebooks on
vocabulary acquisition, and the attitudes of teachers and learners towards keeping
The study was conducted with the participation of 60 pre-intermediate level
students, divided into one treatment and two control groups, and their teachers at the
English Language Preparatory School of Zonguldak Karaelmas University. A fourweek
vocabulary notebook implementation was carried out according to a schedule
and activities adapted and developed by the researcher.
The data was gathered through receptive and productive vocabulary tests, free
vocabulary use compositions, group interviews with the students and a one-to-one
interview with the teacher of the experimental group. After the administration of
receptive and productive vocabulary pre-tests to all of the groups, the learners in the
experimental group started to follow the vocabulary notebook schedule incorporated
into the regular curriculum, whereas the learners in the control group simply followed the normal curriculum. Every week all of the participant students wrote free
vocabulary use compositions on the topics of the units of the week. At the end of the
treatment, the same receptive and productive vocabulary tests were given to the groups
again. All of the learners in the experimental group and the participant instructor were
interviewed in order to see their attitudes towards using vocabulary notebooks.
The quantitative and qualitative data analyses demonstrated that vocabulary
notebooks are beneficial for vocabulary acquisition. Further, both students and their
teacher expressed positive attitudes to vocabulary notebooks.
This study implied that vocabulary notebooks could be incorporated into
language classes in order for the students to recognize and use the words that are
taught to them.