PROMOTING MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS’ ENGLISH VOCABULARY RETENTION VIA QUIZLET
Teaching for students’ vocabulary retention is always a matter of concern for many English teachers, because vocabulary development is critical for learners to enhance their language proficiency. Nowadays, learning vocabulary has become easier than ever thanks to the use of digital flashcard tools, among which Quizlet is a very popular choice. The effectiveness of Quizlet in students’ vocabulary acquisition has been explored in a number of studies for high school and university students; however, only a few of them focused on lower secondary school students. To address this gap, this study was conducted as action research in a grade-7 class in which the teacher used Quizlet in teaching the “Looking back” section of English 7, with the aim to enhance students’ vocabulary retention under SAMR model. The action research took place during 12 weeks of 2020-2021 academic year in a lower secondary school in Ha Noi. The participants were 15 students with the majority of A1 level. Their vocabulary retention in terms of form and meaning was compared between the Vocabulary quizzes and the teacher's observation. Additionally, questionnaires were designed to find out the influence of Quizlet on students’ retention of vocabulary. The study contributed to the literature review of the beneficial effects that Quizlet had on students' vocabulary retention, specifically in terms of form and meaning for secondary students.