The Effect of Teaching Vocabulary through Word-Formation Strategy on Vocabulary Learning Autonomy of EFL Learners

By Omid Mazandarani and Mohammad Sadeghi.

Published by Journal of the World Universities Forum

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The purpose of this study was to determine whether word formation strategy improves vocabulary learning autonomy of Iranian intermediate EFL learners, or not. Hence, a group of seventy homo¬geneous students were selected.
They were randomly assigned to control and experi¬mental groups. Then, both groups enjoyed a series of similar instructions except that the students in experimental group were required to divide the words they are faced with to their meaningful and functional constituents. In order to make students learn vocabularies through analyzing them to their functional and grammatical affixes, they are led to relate the faced words to their relative groups and compare and contrast the similarities and differences between them. In this study the students used the books, which they studied in their institute.
Finally, in order to capture the probable significant effect of learning vocabulary autonomously through word-formation strategy on vocabulary learning of Iranian intermediate EFL students, a t-test was used. The results rejected the null hypothesis, and indicated that learning vocabulary through word formation strategy positively affected Iranian intermediate EFL students’ autonomous vocabulary learning.

Keywords: Word-Formation Strategy, Autonomy, EFL Learners, Vocabulary Learning

Journal of the World Universities Forum, Volume 1, Issue 3, pp.19-34. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 848.753KB).

Omid Mazandarani

Academic Vice-Chancellor, Department of English Language and Literature, Faculty of Art and Humanities, Islamic Azad University, Golestan, Iran (Islamic Republic of)

My short-term career objective is to perform original research in the coventional vs. modern application areas of English Language Teaching Strategies. My long-term objective is to obtain substantial experiences by working as a professional in any renowned ELT conference around the world. ACADEMIC BACKGROUNDS: M.A. in TEFL Institution: Department of English Language Teaching, Azad University of Garmsar, Garmsar, Semnan , Iran Bachelor of Art in English Language Translation Institution: Department of English Language Teaching, Azad University of Rud-e-hen, Rud-e-hen, Tehran , Iran. Academic Vice-Chancellor at Islamic Azad University, Bandar Gaz Branch, Bandar Gaz, Golestan Province, IRAN Faculty Member at Islamic Azad University, Aliabad Katoul Branch, Aliabad Katoul, Golestan Province, IRAN M.A. in TEFL B.A. in English Translation

Mohammad Sadeghi

Iran (Islamic Republic of)


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