The Effectiveness of Using Contextual Clues, Dictionary Strategy and Computer Assisted Language Learning (Call) In Learning Vocabulary

Zuraina Ali, Prof. Dr.Jayakaran Mukundan, Dr. Ahmad Fauzi Mohd Ayub, Dr. Roselan Baki

Abstract


This study investigates the effectiveness of three vocabulary learning methods that are Contextual Clues, Dictionary Strategy, and Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) in learning vocabulary among ESL learners. First, it aims at finding which of the vocabulary learning methods namely Dictionary Strategy, Contextual Clues, and CALL that may result in the highest number of words learnt in the immediate and delayed recall tests. Second, it compares the results of the Pre-test and the Delayed Recall Post-test to determine the differences of learning vocabulary using the methods. A quasi-experiment that tested the effectiveness of learning vocabulary using Dictionary Strategy, Contextual clues, and CALL involved 123 first year university students. Qualitative procedures included the collection of data from interviews which were conducted to triangulate the data obtain from the quantitative inquiries. Findings from the study using ANOVA revealed that there were significant differences when students were exposed to Dictionary Strategy, Contextual Clues and CALL in the immediate recall tests but not in the Delayed Recall Post-test. Also, there were significant differences when t test was used to compare the scores between the Pre-test and the Delayed Recall Post-test in using the three methods of vocabulary learning. Although many researchers have advocated the relative effectiveness of Dictionary Strategy, Contextual Clues, and CALL in learning vocabulary, the study however, is still paramount since there is no study has ever empirically investigated the relative efficacy of these three methods in a single study.

Keywords


Contextual Clues; Dictionary Strategy;Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL); vocabulary learning methods; immediate recall test; delayed recall test.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18533/ijbsr.v1i1.218

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