Using Language Entertainment Activities to Enhance University Students’ English Vocabulary at Albaha University

Elsadig Mohamed Khalifa Gawi

Abstract


Few studies have considered the use of entertainment activities in teaching foreign languages. The significance of the present study emerges from handling the use of educational entertainment activities as a strategy to improve Saudi university students’ vocabulary learning. The current study aim is to explore the use of entertainment activities in enhancing the students’ vocabulary at Albaha University. A pretest and posttest are administered to a sample of 20 junior students, enrolled in English courses in the College of Science and Arts in Almandaq, as the study participants. A quasi-experimental approach, that involves the study of the experimental group (n=10) and control groups (n=10), applies in the current study. The study uses SPSS to analyze the data. The findings of the study reveal that the use of entertainment activities has a statistically significant impact on improving the students’ vocabulary. Also, they show that entertainment activities in the educational process help to motivate the learner to interact with the educational material and with other learners in the learning situations. Accordingly, it is recommended that increasing the extent of using entertainment activities helps in enhancing the junior students’ vocabulary learning as an effective teaching strategy. In terms of the study findings, It is conclued that the application of the entertainment activities enables teachers and learners to pinpoint such activities in building university students’ vocabulary and other language skills.

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Entertainments, Activities, Educational Games, Strategy, Vocabulary

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