The Effect of Using Word Games on Primary Stage Students Achievement in English Language Vocabulary in Jordan
Dr. Amaal Al Masri, Mrs. Majeda Al Najar

The purpose of this study is to investigate the effect of using word games on primary stage students' achievement in English vocabulary in Marj Al Hamam Primary school for girls and Al Baraa' School for boys in Amman in Jordan. To achieve the purpose of the study, a pre/post-test was constructed to measure students' level in English vocabulary. The test consisted of thirty items on English language vocabulary. The sample of the study consisted of 158 first grade students; (76) male students and (82) female students during the first semester of the academic year 2013/2014. The subjects of the study were distributed into four groups (two female groups experimental and control, and two male groups; experimental and control). The experimental groups were taught English vocabulary using games while the control groups were taught using the traditional way of teaching using pictures and memorization. The subjects were 39 male students for the experimental group and 37 male students for the control group, while the female students for the experimental and control group were 42 and 40 respectively. Descriptive statistical analyses were used (means and standard deviation) for the pre and post- tests of students' English vocabulary. Comparison statistical methods were used (Two Way ANOVA) analysis of variance to make a comparison between the control and the experimental groups and gender variable (male and female). The findings of the study indicated that there were statistically significant differences in the post- test between the control and the experimental groups in favor of the experimental group, and there was no statistically significant difference in the students' achievement due to gender. The researcher concluded with recommendations to enhance the effect of using word games for teaching English vocabulary on students' achievement in English vocabulary such as conducting further studies on other populations and for a longer period time.

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