Vocabulary teaching in a foreign language class: games, an effective tool
Ramirez Wals, Yanet
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English subject is in the curriculum of every level of education and hence, in Secondary Schools. Its objective is to develop an elementary level of communicative competence. However, teachers frequently discover that this goal has not been achieved at the end of Secondary School. During the academic year 2015-2016, the authoress carried out a research in order to find out the main problems in the teaching learning process of English at Gerardo Abreu Secondary School. She realized that the students´ vocabulary was one of the main troublesome areas when speaking and that the students were not motivated towards learning English. In the current academic year, the authoress continued with the idea of developing the students´ vocabulary. At that point, she decided to use games as activities that would link vocabulary and motivation. The idea was presented to an informal group of discussion who agreed that it is a very important research topic. In this paper, the authoress searches for ways to address this problem. Therefore, it was necessary to carry out an action-research study. During the process, qualitative and quantitative procedures were combined in order to get a reliable data that permitted the authoress to assess the real situation regarding students’ vocabulary. This paper provides teachers of English with a useful booklet of games as a tool to help them develop the students’ vocabulary. The main transformations were not only in the students’ vocabulary but also in the students’ interests toward English.
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