Developing EFL students' vocabulary size and TOEIC performance through CALL
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Huang, C.P. (2012). Developing EFL students' vocabulary size and TOEIC performance through CALL. In P. Resta (Ed.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2012 (pp. 2843-2848). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.
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Technology has brought forth countless changes in terms of the teaching and learning pedagogies, more evident are in the areas of language learning. This study investigates the effects of CALL software on vocabulary learning and TOEIC performance. The software, displaying the words, pronunciation, and L1 translation, was designed to explicitly develop learners’ TOEIC vocabulary size and automatcity of word recognition. Participants were sophomore students from a technology university in northern Taiwan. Data are assessment of vocabulary tests, TOEIC scores, questionnaire, and students’ comments. Results show that intervention of using CALL software facilitates vocabulary acquisition and improves TOEIC performance. There is a high significant difference between the pre/posttests of both vocabulary and TOEIC. Students show positive attitude toward using CALL to learn vocabulary and over 87% agreed that the features of word+sound+Chinese translation and repeated appearance of the target words facilitated vocabulary retention, which in turn benefits their TOEIC performance.
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