Effective Methods for Teaching English Vocabulary to Saudi Female Students

Amani K Alghamdi, Safa AlAhmed


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 expanding 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 and role playing, dictionary use and blended ‫  learning—to develop ESL learners’ vocabulary acquisition. The control group was taught vocabulary using the traditional didactic teaching method. The study’s sample consisted of 248 first-year students enrolled in the Faculty of Education and the Deanship of 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 groups at the beginning and the end of the class. Data collected from the tests were then documented and statistically analysed. The findings revealed that students taught using the different methods of instructions had better vocabulary test scores than those taught using the traditional method. These methods have proven to be effective in improving students’ vocabulary acquisition.


Pedagogy for empowerment, EFL, Saudi Arabia female students, Saudi Arabian female students, language and teaching

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.11591/edulearn.v12i1.7451


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Journal of Education and Learning (EduLearn)
ISSN: 2089-9823, e-ISSN 2302-9277
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