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Volume 10 : 10 October 2010
ISSN 1930-2940

Managing Editor: M. S. Thirumalai, Ph.D.
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A Micro-Case Study of Vocabulary Acquisition among
First Year Engineering Students

K. R. Vijaya, M.A., M. Phil., Ph.D. Candidate


Vocabulary knowledge is very essential to be proficient in any second language. Effective use of Language lies in the way one uses its words. The second language teacher always has a question in her mind, "What should I do to enable my students acquire a good stock of words?". This paper aims at giving an answer to this Question. It is a micro-case study of I year engineering students using various teaching strategies while teaching them vocabulary. It has also evolved effective strategies that can be used by English teachers for teaching vocabulary successfully.

Little Emphasis on the Acquisition of Vocabulary

It used to be the case, in the past, in Indian schools that vocabulary and grammar were greatly focused upon. Students showed keen interest in learning, memorizing and using new vocabulary with great zeal. Interest in demonstrating this skill was widespread across all age groups. Exam papers also had some focus on vocabulary skills. This situation seems to be changing in professional colleges whose curriculum places greater emphasis on acquisition of engineering and technology content. As emphasis on communicating such acquired knowledge through innovative means begins to get our attention, students will begin to learn more communicative and effective vocabulary items.

In English language teaching, only the elements of grammar and the other competencies are the central focus. There has been little emphasis placed on the acquisition of vocabulary. This lack of vocabulary competence among the students affects all the four skills: LSRW namely Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing which are essential for language proficiency.

In this paper, I present a micro case study done among I year Engineering students using various types of vocabulary learning strategies. At the end of the research, the class-room based study suggested several strategies that can be used effectively in teaching vocabulary to students.

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K.R. Vijaya, M.A., M. Phil., Ph.D. Candidate
Department of English /> Rajalakshmi Engineering College
Chennai 602 105
Tamilnadu, India

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