Vol. 2, No. 1 (January 2014)


Improving EFL Learners’ Vocabulary Learning via Dictionary Tasks

Mr. Saeed Ganji Khoosf, University of Sistan and Baluchestan, Zahedan, Iran

International Journal of Foreign Language Teaching in the Islamic World (FLTJ), 2(1), 05-09.      Download Full Text


Developing the vocabulary learning of learners specially language learners is one of the important issues in foreign language teaching area. Therefore, this study aims to investigate the effectiveness of different dictionary tasks on EFL learners’ vocabulary learning. To this aim, 60 EFL guidance and high school students (13-17 years old) were chosen. They were divided into two groups, experimental group (n=30) and control group (n=30). First, a pretest was given to both groups. Then, the teacher of experimental group gave different tasks for using dictionary in teaching new vocabularies and reviewing last words for 8 sessions. The tasks were chosen based on some features such as novelty, attractiveness, easiness, etc. For example, students were supposed to identify the place of stress or find the synonyms for each word. At the end, a posttest was given to both groups. [T-test was used to analyze data]. The findings of the study revealed a significant relationship between using dictionary tasks and improving EFL learners’ autonomy and permanent vocabulary learning. This study can help the teachers who seek effective ways to teach vocabulary and improve learners’ autonomy, and also teachers who can’t employ new technologies. Moreover, it can be beneficial for learners who search for self-study effective vocabulary learning techniques.

Key words: Dictionary task; Vocabulary learning; EFL learners



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