How to Enhance English Learners’ Vocabulary Retention Using Acronyms: A Case Study in an English Center in Viet Nam
Acronyms is one the most popular types of Mnemonic devices. It has been widely used in different fields. The current study is an attempt to explore the effectiveness of using acronyms in enhancing English learners’ vocabulary retention at Dat Viet English center, Dong Nai province, Viet Nam. The study systematically employed both qualitative and quantitative methods through using portfolios, sample tests and questionnaires to evaluate learners’ performance after learning English vocabulary using acronyms. Participants in this study are 32 teenagers in two elementary English classes at Dat Viet English center, Dong Nai province, Viet Nam. At the end of the study, the results show that a great number of learners learning vocabulary with the use of acronyms could recall vocabulary much better in comparison with their results in the previous course. The study then concluded that using acronyms could possibly help enhance English learners’ vocabulary retention.
Acronyms, Vocabulary Retention, Mnemonic Devices, Enhancing Vocabulary Retention
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