Effects of Pair Types on English Vocabulary Acquisition

짝 구성 유형이 영어어휘습득에 미치는 효과

  • 장용선 (삼육대학교 영어영문학부)
  • Received : 2016.06.15
  • Accepted : 2016.07.21
  • Published : 2016.08.28


This study aimed at investigating the effects of grouping participants in pairs according to their relative vocabulary proficiency on the incidental improvement of vocabulary knowledge. Forty six university students were divided into three groups (high-high(n=14), high-low(n=18), or low-low(n=14)) and took part in the study. They performed three vocabulary activities in pairs as extra-class works. Data were collected from one receptive vocabulary knowledge test scores before treatment and two posttest scores after treatment. The results showed that, unlike former study results, HL dyads acquired more vocabulary receptively and productively than HH or LL dyads did, which demonstrated that collaborative pair activity was conducive to the growth of vocabulary knowledge. Furthermore, not only higher proficiency participants in HL pairs made greater vocabulary gains than participants in HH pairs did but also lower proficiency participants gained more vocabulary than participants in LL pairs did. Based on these results, we discussed pedagogical implications.


Vocabulary Acquisition;Proficiency;Pair Activity;Pair Type;Collaborative Learning;Interaction


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