Date of Award
Master of Education (MEd)
Curriculum & Instruction
Dr. Sadiq Ismail
Dr. Abdurrahman Almekhlafi
Dr. Mohammed Shaban
The purpose of the study was to investigate vocabulary teaching strategies used by English language teachers in AI Ain public schools in the United Arab Emirates. The research focuses on three areas: investigating the strategies that teachers use to teach vocabulary, strategies teachers use to consolidate newly learned vocabulary and strategies teachers use to assess vocabulary learning. Such a study is important to evaluate and categorize the most frequent and effective strategies in the context of vocabulary instruction in AI Ain.
The research used quantitative and qualitative approaches exemplified in a questionnaire and an interview. A questionnaire was used to gather primary data from 197 English language teachers in AI Ain public school, besides seven face-to-face interviews were conducted in the same vein.
The research findings stated the importance of integrating vocabulary learning concept in the daily instruction. It has been found that the primary vocabulary strategies that were used by teachers in AI Ain public school are relating unfamiliar words to pictures or real objects, focusing on pronunciation and spelling of the new words, studying new word lists, use new words in sentences, using flash cards of new words in classroom. Second, the most common used strategy to teach new vocabulary was found in using pictures, real objects or drawing, using vocabulary exercises in worksheets, using reading tasks which require the students to encounter the new words. The research has found that the most frequently used strategy in vocabulary assessment is using matching words with pictures exercises and documenting students work using portfolios such as using vocabulary logs.
The findings of this research indicated that English language teachers are aware of using various strategies to teach and assess vocabulary. Questionnaire and interviews declared that teachers do not focus only on one strategy but use many various strategies depending on the classroom context and instruction. The implementation of these strategies supports a more holistic and balanced approach to the effective of teaching Vocabulary.
Khadra AI Ameri, Warqa Salem Suhail, "English Language Teachers' Perceptions of Strategies Used to Teach and Assess EFL Vocabulary in Elementary Schools in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates" (2013). Theses. 111.