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Effectiveness of Self-Studying through Songs on Vocabulary Acquisition: A Case Study on Tertiary EFL Learners
Thu Ngoc Minh Dong, Ngoc Nguyen Khanh Tran, Nhi Thuc Nguyen, Tien Phuoc Thuy Hoang, Anh Thai Mai Truong

Building: B
Room: B502
Date: 2019-10-11 02:50 PM – 03:20 PM
Last modified: 2019-09-19


This research was conducted to examine the effectiveness of learning English vocabulary through songs among first-year English-majoring students. It aimed to investigate the  impact of learning through songs on students’ vocabulary acquisition and students’ overall reactions towards it. The research also sought to clarify the benefits and challenges of applying the learning technique.

The participants were divided into control and treatment groups. A pre-test and post-test were designed to measure their initial vocabulary knowledge and their improvements after the treatment. The treatment group was given 18 vocabulary lessons through songs over a period of 6 weeks, designed based on their textbook’s content. At the end of the treatment period, a survey was conducted and  learners were interviewed to gather their opinions on the learning technique.

A series of independent and dependent t-tests were conducted to examine whether there were improvements on learners’ pre- and post-test scores, and whether the treatment group outperformed the control group. Results from T-tests indicated that the treatment group scored significantly higher than the control group in the post-test, which signified that learning through songs had a positive effect on students' vocabulary acquisition. Responses from questionnaires and interviews showed that students had positive attitudes towards learning vocabulary through songs. The results from this study offers implications on  the teaching and learning vocabulary in an EFL context.