A Journal of Teaching English Language and Literature

ISSN Print : 2229-6557, Online: 2394-9244

Effectiveness of Language Games as a Vocabulary Teaching Strategy in a Rural ESL Classroom

Sujay Kumar and Smriti Singh

Abstract

Vocabulary is an important component that determines the pace of learners’ language learning process. Various procedures are available on how to teach and learn vocabulary in second language classrooms. In the context of non-English medium schools, learners often depend on teachers and their explanations of vocabulary which they try to memorize. It has been observed that vocabulary learnt in teacher-centric classrooms with the help of a bilingual word list helps to enrich passive vocabulary but it is not retained for a long period (Holden, 1999). This calls for exploration of alternative ways of teaching vocabulary. Nguyen & Khuat (2003) suggest that learning vocabulary in a relaxed environment through games can be a productive experience for learners. The researchers who are also teachers aimed to investigate effectiveness of language games in enrichment and retention of vocabulary within the action research framework. The paper discusses the effectiveness of language games that help to not only motivate the learners to participate in class activities but also enrich and retain vocabulary.

Keywords: vocabulary, action research, language games, enrichment, enhancement, retention

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