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The incidental vocabulary acquisition by ESL learners through selected English songs: a case study

Ku Abdul Razak, Ku ‘Aisyahtul Radhiah and Ariffin, Adlina and Md Zamin, Ainul Azmin (2018) The incidental vocabulary acquisition by ESL learners through selected English songs: a case study. In: International Conference on Language, Culture & Society (ICLCS) 2018: Asia and Beyond, 24th-25th October 2018, Kuala Lumpur. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Incidental vocabulary acquisition in ESL had been pioneered in the area of reading. However, regardless of the positive aspects people are claiming, there is limitations in the use of incidental vocabulary acquisition through reading. Some research had shown low retention rate of word meanings and the effectiveness of this method may at times be limited for low level English learners. Thus, a new method utilizing incidental vocabulary acquisition was embarked on and the use of songs had been introduced to overcome the limitations in the previous method. This research aims to investigate whether the use of selected English songs affect vocabulary acquisition of second language learners. This was done by (i) identifying whether the ESL learners acquire incidental vocabulary acquisition by listening to English songs, (ii) the factors influencing the incidental acquisition of vocabulary from English songs and (iii) by looking at the sentences constructed from incidental vocabularies. To discover the effectiveness of this mode of vocabulary acquisition, a vocabulary scale, Vocabulary Knowledge Scale (VKS) was used with the same vocabulary items answered by the fifteen ESL learners in the Pre-test and Post-test. Paired sample t-test from SPSS was calculated and interviews were conducted. The results found that there was a significant difference between the scores from pre-test and post-test. However, the increase in the level of vocabulary knowledge by the learners was not pervasive. They have shown low increase rate from each level of VKS and this was mainly due to the problem of inability to grasp the word pronunciation by the singers. In addition, there were other factors such as the low rate of listening skill, unfamiliarity with English songs, lack of exposure to English language, least number of word repetition and the lack of interest and different preferences among students. This study provides an insight to the pedagogical potential of using English songs as part of learning the English language.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Slide Presentation)
Additional Information: 3490/68181
Uncontrolled Keywords: Incidental vocabulary acquisition, ESL learners, English songs, Vocabulary Knowledge Scale
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences
Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of English Language & Literature
Depositing User: Dr Adlina Ariffin
Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2018 14:50
Last Modified: 18 Dec 2018 14:50
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/68181

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