VOCABULARY ROLE PLAY: AN ACTIVE LEARNING STRATEGY FOR VOCABULARY TEACHING

Erhan Yavaşlar, Cavide Demirci

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Today, vocabulary has a great importance on language learning. Thus, teachers start looking for new ways to teach vocabulary in order to help their students retain new words in target language. Active learning approach has offered teachers a wide range of strategies they can use while teaching vocabulary. “Vocabulary Role Play” is also one of these strategies. In this study, vocabulary role play strategy was conducted with 11th grade students studying at a public music school in Eskisehir, Turkey. The pre-test and post-test results of students were compared in order to see whether a significant change in retention occurred or not. The results of pre-test and post-test indicated that vocabulary role play strategy helped students store the new words. In addition, students expressed that vocabulary role play strategy contributed to their creativity and vocabulary retention. They also said that they had a lot of fun during the activity and found a great opportunity to practice speaking English. All in all, by using this active learning strategy, a better learning environment was provided to the students in an English class.

 

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active learning, vocabulary role play, vocabulary retention, group work

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