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Vocabulary Learning Through Picture-Viewing and Picture-Drawing on Tablets

, , , Institute of Learning Sciences and Technologies, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu City, Taiwan

IJDET Volume 16, Number 3, ISSN 1539-3100 Publisher: IGI Global


Beginning learners of English frequently use flashcards as a tool for learning vocabulary. However, because of the consciousness difference between the picture-readers and picture-drawers on vocabularies, errors may be involved in the learners' comprehension of the vocabulary terms on the flashcards. This article develops and evaluates an English vocabulary learning strategy for tablet devices on which learners' viewing and drawing corresponding to vocabularies on the mobile devices. Fifty-two elementary school students were recruited and divided into two groups: The first group read the printed flashcards from electronic files, the second group read the flashcards drawn by students themselves. The results indicated that the drawing learning strategy was beneficial for increasing both their learning motivation and memory retention. The learners could create their own learning content by drawing pictures in such a manner that the pictures were highly relevant to the meaning of the target word, thus transforming their learning pattern from passive to active.


Ou, K.L., Tarng, W. & Chen, Y.R. (2018). Vocabulary Learning Through Picture-Viewing and Picture-Drawing on Tablets. International Journal of Distance Education Technologies, 16(3), 64-80. IGI Global. Retrieved October 19, 2020 from .