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Title: The Effect of Vocabulary Presentation Fashion on the Learners’ Vocabulary Retention and Recall: A Reflection on Material Evaluation
Author: Seyyed Ahmad Mousavi
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Institution: University of Tehran
Author: Saleh Arizavi
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Institution: IRIN
Author: Abdullah Gharbavi
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Institution: Payame Noor University
Linguistic Field: Applied Linguistics
Subject Language: English
Abstract: Research on vocabulary to suggest different techniques for more vocabulary retention has always been the main concern for people involved in this area. Some of the techniques proposed are complete detachment and in contrast with the preceding ones. However, subtle changes and manipulations in the existing ideas and techniques can sometimes serve us more than a totally new idea can. Given this, evaluating the GRE (2007) vocabulary presentation fashion critically, this study set out to compare the effect of different vocabulary presentation fashions on the learners’ vocabulary retention and recall. To this end, sixty EFL upper-intermediate learners, assigned to three groups, were given three different presentation fashions. They were asked to self-study the GRE 800 words for four months. After analyzing the results of the post and delayed post-tests of the groups, it was found that the learners receiving the researchers’ suggested presentation fashion (the Randomly-selected fashion) significantly outperformed the other two groups. A reaction time test and two questionnaires were also administered as supplementary measures to gain more insight into the effect of the suggested fashion. At the end, a more critical, procedural model for material evaluation was proposed to help the evaluators easily evaluate different instructional materials./L/Key words: presentation fashion, vocabulary retention, material development/evaluation, commercial textbooks
Type: Collection
Status: Completed
Publication Info: MS


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