Teaching Aids: Effective in Iranian Students Lexical Acquisition?

| September 25, 2009
Title
Teaching Aids: Effective in Iranian Students Lexical Acquisition?

Keywords: lexical acquisition; teaching aids; video; flash cards; dictionaries

Authors
Seyed Vahid Aryadoust and Hoda Lashkary
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Bio Data
Seyed Vahid Aryadoust is currently a PhD candidate in applied linguistics in Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. His areas of interest are listening comprehension, assessment, and validation. He has published books and papers in these areas.

Hoda Lashkary is an English teacher in Iran. She has taught general English to young and adult learners. Her area of interest is vocabulary acquisition and teaching techniques.

Abstract
This study is a quantitative exploration of the effects of employing teaching aids on lexical acquisition. Two groups of advanced adult EFL learners were assigned to the treatment and control group. The treatment included the use of videos, flash cards, and dictionaries over a four-month period of time to observe whether vocabulary acquisition is completed better. We took cognizance not to let the participants know they were in an experiment.

But the instructor was not kept oblivious of the study to enhance the internal validity of the results. After the treatment, all participants were given a vocabulary test. Analysis of the results showed that the vocabulary taught was mastered better by the participants receiving the treatment. It is recommended that teachers allocate some time to use teaching aids in EFL classes.

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Category: Quarterly Journal, Volume 11 Issue 3