The Use of Crossword Puzzles as a Teaching Technique to Enhance Learners’English Vocabulary Learning: The case of First Year Private Middle School Pupils
Ould Braham, Tounsia
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The present work investigates the use of Crossword puzzles as a teaching strategy to enhance learners’ vocabulary learning in two private schools “Djurdjura and Ithri” situated in Tizi- Ouzou town. In order to reach the three objectives of the study, two theories: Piaget’s Individual Constructivism (1950) and Vygotsky’s sociocultural learning theory (1978)have been applied.To conduct this study, a mixed research method was adopted. It combines both qualitative and quantitative techniques in relation to data collection and Descriptive Statistical Method and Qualitative Content Analysis in relation to data analysis.For collecting data, Twelve (12) classroom observation sessions were conducted in the two private schools, forty eight (48) questionnaires were handed to the first year learners and a semi- structured interview was conducted with the two (02) teachers of the English language who work in these schools.The results of the study reveal all teachers use crossword puzzles to teach English vocabulary. The obtained findings indicate that learners have a positive attitude toward this strategy since it helps them to understand English vocabulary. Moreover, The findings reveal that teachers use this strategy because they believe it makes the learning environment rich and attractive. On the basis of the findings, it is concluded that crossword puzzles is an effective strategy to teach English vocabulary.
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