Enhancing Vocabulary Learning through Pictures by E-Mails


This paper reports on the study of students' vocabulary learning through pictures by e-mail and their attitude towards their learning. Seventy- two fourth year students of English for International Communication major studied in a five week vocabulary learning enhancement activity. Each student had two jobs to do in the process of learning vocabulary. One, the student independently accessed their e-mail to send a picture to the same classmate each week for 5 weeks, check the words in their own pictures sent back by his or her classmate. Two, the student himself or herself had to find words sent by his or her classmate's pictures every week for 5 weeks and write back to him or her checking via e-mail. The students answered the questionnaire on vocabulary they learned and their attitude towards learning vocabulary through pictures by e-mail in the sixth week. Quantitative and qualitative data were collected by means of the questionnaires. Descriptive results were analysed for percentage, frequency, and mean. Findings were: more than 85% of participants agreed or strongly agreed that the pictures were interesting and they learned the meanings of new words. The words as nouns were mostly chosen in describing the pictures while adverbs were rarely used. 65.28% of the students agreed that e-mail was a suitable tool for learning vocabulary. The benefits they got were learning new words in both parts of speech and meanings. The problems they faced were they thought there were not enough words to get from the pictures.

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Sumonta Damronglaohapan, Rajamangala University of Technology Srivijaya, Thailand

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Conference: IICTCHawaii2016
Stream: Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL)

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