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Vocabulary Recognition and Memorization: A Comparison of Two Methods
Kristianstad University, School of Teacher Education.
2011 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The present study investigates which of two vocabulary learning methods best promotes long-term retention of the meaning and spelling of words. The first method is rote learning, i.e. learning by word lists, which requires pupils to memorize the meaning of new words by L1 translation. The second method is learning by sentence writing, which requires pupils to memorize new words by making up their own sentences in order to establish links between old and new knowledge.


16 pupils took part in the experiment; all were approximately 11 years old. The participants were randomly assigned to two groups. All the participants were given one receptive and one productive recall test, both in the immediate and delayed post-tests. The result demonstrates that pupils who learn words using word lists only remember words in the short-term retention, while the sentence writing method results in greater long-term retention.

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2011. , 46 p.
Keyword [en]
vocabulary learning; learning by word lists; learning by sentence writing; retention
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Social Sciences Pedagogy
URN: urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-8356OAI: diva2:429600
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2011-07-07 Created: 2011-07-05 Last updated: 2011-07-07Bibliographically approved

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