The effect of computer-assisted language learning (CALL) on fifth-grade Taiwanese students' English vocabulary learning through reading
Yu-Huei Fu, The University of Mississippi, United States
The University of Mississippi . Awarded
This study investigated whether Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) could facilitate the acquisition of English vocabulary of beginning foreign language learners. The objective of the study was to teach English vocabulary to 5th grade Taiwanese students learning English as a foreign language. Eighty students were equally divided into four classes and exposed to two different learning conditions: Conventional learning vs. CALL. The control group (40 students) was exposed to conventional learning, The experimental group (40 students) was exposed to picture-sound association of words approach, where they were required to match words to corresponding pictures. After the treatment, both groups were evaluated on a vocabulary recognition task (i.e., matching words to corresponding pictures) and their scores were compared. The results of the study showed that the experimental group scored significantly higher than the control group both on the post-test and the retention test. A West conducted on the raw scores of the post-test yielded a significant difference (t = 3.592); and the retention test also revealed a difference in the mean scores between the two groups (t = 2.733).
Fu, Y.H. The effect of computer-assisted language learning (CALL) on fifth-grade Taiwanese students' English vocabulary learning through reading. Ph.D. thesis, The University of Mississippi.
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