Proceedings of The 4th International Conference on Advanced Research in Education
The Effectiveness of Acquiring New Vocabulary by Replacing Reading and Listening Comprehension Activities with Watching a Movie on the Topic of Health and Healthy Diet
I researched the effectiveness of gaining new vocabulary by watching a movie instead of doing reading and listening comprehension activities on the topic of health and a healthy diet. I included two classes of 57 students aged 17 to 18 studying for the profession of mechatronics technicians in the research. The topic of health and a healthy diet is part of the curriculum. In a class of 30 students, I classically taught new vocabulary through reading comprehension, listening comprehension, writing, and conversation. In a class of 27 students, I taught new vocabulary through writing and conversation and watching a movie instead of doing reading comprehension and listening comprehension. We watched a provocative and investigative documentary movie with the title “What the Health” which examines the link between diet and disease. Using the same vocabulary exam in both classes, I tested the effectiveness of acquiring new vocabulary by watching a movie. I also compared the amount of time students spent preparing independently for the exam in both classes.
keywords: learning new words; measuring success; unconventional teaching; secondary education; teaching English as a second language.