ESL RURAL PRIMARY STUDENTS’ PERFORMANCE AND PERCEPTIONS OF LEARNING ENGLISH VOCABULARY THROUGH GAMES

  • Sulaihah Salim School of Education and Modern Languages, Universiti Utara Malaysia
  • Nisha Abd Halim School of Education and Modern Languages, Universiti Utara Malaysia
  • Sharifah Nurul Izati Syed Adnan School of Education and Modern Languages, Universiti Utara Malaysia
  • Siti Fatimah Mat Zin School of Education and Modern Languages, Universiti Utara Malaysia
  • Nik Nur Fathiha Nik Din School of Education and Modern Languages, Universiti Utara Malaysia
  • Aizan Yaacob School of Education and Modern Languages, Universiti Utara Malaysia

Abstract

This action research investigated the use of games to boost ESL rural
primary pupils’ motivation to learn English vocabulary. 18 Year 6
pupils from a rural school in Gua Musang Kelantan were selected
by using convenient sampling. Multiple methods such as pre–test,
post–test, observation, and interviews with teachers and pupils were
used for data collection. This paper highlighted pupils’ voices of the
effectiveness of vocabulary learning as the result of the pre and posttest
showed a significant difference in which pupils have acquired
the new words effectively and there was an improvement after having
a game-based lesson. The findings indicated that the pupils showed
significant improvement in their vocabulary scores after using games.
Students reported that learning vocabulary by using games was fun
and interesting, as it increased their motivation to learn the English
language, helped them to memorise the vocabulary items faster, and
increased their interaction in class. Furthermore, the competitive and
repetitive nature of the game helped in vocabulary retention.

Published
2020-08-03
How to Cite
SALIM, Sulaihah et al. ESL RURAL PRIMARY STUDENTS’ PERFORMANCE AND PERCEPTIONS OF LEARNING ENGLISH VOCABULARY THROUGH GAMES. Practitioner Research, [S.l.], v. 2, p. 1-24, aug. 2020. ISSN 2710-706X. Available at: <http://e-journal.uum.edu.my/index.php/pr/article/view/11706>. Date accessed: 14 apr. 2021. doi: https://doi.org/10.32890/pr2020.vol2.11706.
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