Using an Online Vocabulary Memorization Tool versus Traditional Vocabulary Exercises

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Bakla A., Çekiç A.

Journal of Mother Tongue Education, vol.5, no.4, pp.948-966, 2017 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 5 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Doi Number: 10.16916/aded.395607
  • Journal Name: Journal of Mother Tongue Education
  • Journal Indexes: TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.948-966
  • Ankara Yıldırım Beyazıt University Affiliated: No


This study was conducted to reveal what Memrise, an online vocabulary study tool, can offer to upper-intermediate EFL learners compared to traditional vocabulary exercises in L2 vocabulary learning.  Two  groups  of  upper-intermediate  learners  (N=80)  were  randomly  assigned  to  the experimental group and the control group and were given the Vocabulary Knowledge Scale, VKS for  short,  as  the  pre-test  and  post-test.  The  participants  in  both  groups  were  exposed  to  the target vocabulary items in the same reading text. While those in the experimental group created list of target vocabulary items collaboratively in Memrise and then studied the sets individually, the learners in the control group did traditional vocabulary exercises. The results of the post-tests indicated that there was a significant difference between the control group and the experimental group  in  favor  of  the  experimental  group.  The  researchers  discuss  possible  pedagogical implications of this significant finding for EFL vocabulary instruction.

Keywords:  L2  vocabulary  learning,  online  vocabulary  memorization  tool,  Memrise,  mnemonic