Vocabulary Recall in Young Learners: An Action Research Project

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Darlene Reed-Yamauchi, Niigata University of Health and Welfare

In this paper I present the results of an action research project involving a class of 25 students in a Japanese kindergarten. The purpose of the project was to investigate the degree of oral recall of new vocabulary in 5- to 6-year-old learners of English using three types of oral repetition teaching techniques, specifically drills, chants, and song. Although the quantitative results proved inconclusive as to which of the three techniques was most effective, the constructive nature of action research proved to be a positive experience for both the researcher and the participating students.