DOES CONTEXT MATTER IN VOCABULARY LEARNING?
Keywords:Contextualized Approach, Decontextualized Approach, Vocabulary
Vocabulary knowledge of a foreign language is believed to be a crucial element for successful language learning. However, there have been debates regarding effective vocabulary learning method. While contextualized vocabulary acquisition is widely seen as the most effective, a number of researchers believe that decontextualized approach yields better results in terms of word retention. This article mainly focuses on these two approaches of vocabulary acquisition and the debate over which approach is the best. It should be noted that it seems impossible to find a single best method of vocabulary learning to suit every language learner. Both methods can be equally effective if used in the appropriate context and with appropriate English efficiency levels of students.
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