Assessment of Vocabulary Levels Among Regional Middle School Students

Assessment of Vocabulary Levels Among Regional Middle School Students

Praveen Kumar (VIT University, India) and Prasantha Kumar (VIT University, India)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-3464-9.ch011

Abstract

Vocabulary plays a vital role in language learning and teaching. Knowledge of vocabulary is the root of second language learning. An assessment of regional middle students' lexical knowledge is essential before enhancing second language learning and teaching. This chapter is an empirical study based on written tests. The researcher used the following sections for testing vocabulary levels: (1) compound words; (2) odd one out - word group; (3) prefix; (4) suffix; and (5) identifying professions through pictures. This chapter interprets the data and analyzes the five sections, showing averages and frequencies. This study offers suggestions for empowering and enhancing vocabulary in second language learning and teaching.
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Introduction

The teaching and learning of vocabulary should challenge pupils to think about lexis and relationships among vocabulary. The language learner should have a sound knowledge in vocabulary because it is a means to successful communication. The use of words depends on the understanding of their meaning.

Yzonder (2016, pp. 444-450) claimed that “lack of sufficient knowledge in vocabulary is said to be the building blocks of any language. Teaching words is a significant method of enhancing pupils’ lexis knowledge. Understanding various aspects of words empowers instructors and encourages pupils. Therefore, learners need daily education and updates on vocabulary to strengthen their knowledge.

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Research Methodology

This research employs an empirical intervention study (a quasi-experimental design). The sample consisted of 120 pupils from regional middle schools in the Vellore district. Respondents from two schools participated in a written test. Both schools were of the same quality. One type of instrument, the written test (objective questions), was used in the study.

Before distributing the paper to students, the most experienced teachers were evaluated using the question. The written test consisted of 25 questions (five sections with five questions per section). One mark was given for a correct answer. A mark of zero was given for a wrong answer.

Aim of the Study

This research aimed to understand the range of lexis with regional medium high school pupils. After measuring the level of vocabulary, the researcher adopted methods and techniques to enrich the vocabulary. Vocabulary learning is essential in communication and language. This study allowed the examiner to enhance the range of lexis of marginalized and regional school students.

Data Collection and Analysis

The researcher conducted a written test to check reliability. Twenty-five questions were included in the study. Responses came from 120 pupils in the Tamil medium high school Vellore district in Tamil Nadu, India. It took over 45 minutes for students to complete the test. Reliability was checked regarding knowledge of vocabulary among regional medium high school students.

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