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IJIET 2016 Vol.6(1): 11-16 ISSN: 2010-3689
DOI: 10.7763/IJIET.2016.V6.650

Assessing Student Attitudes to Moodle versus Print Materials for L2 Vocabulary Acquisition

John Howrey and Kelly Quinn

Abstract—Past research indicates that learners underutilize second language vocabulary acquisition strategies. This paper presents four different methods of learning English vocabulary from the Academic Word List (AWL), with emphasis on comparing the benefits of print materials versus online Moodle materials. The participants in the project were first year English majors at a private university in Japan. One set of students used print materials: vocabulary cards and in class assessment in the first semester and a vocabulary workbook for out of class practice combined with in class assessment in the second semester. The second set of students used Moodle materials: out of class online Moodle activities in the first semester and a workbook combined with out of class Moodle assessment in the second semester. A pretest and posttest were administered to determine how well students learned the material. Students using the print materials slightly outperformed students using the online materials. A survey was given to assess student attitudes toward the different types of materials and toward the method and style of the activities. This paper will discuss the results of the posttests and learner attitudes survey.

Index Terms—Vocabulary acquisition, assessment, online materials, student attitudes.

J. Howrey is with the Nanzan English Education Center (NEEC) at Nanzan University, Nagoya, Japan (e-mail: jhowrey@nanzan-u.ac.jp).
K. Quinn is with the Center for Engineering Education at Nagoya Institute of Technology, Nagoya, Japan (e-mail: quinn@nitech.ac.jp).


Cite: John Howrey and Kelly Quinn, "Assessing Student Attitudes to Moodle versus Print Materials for L2 Vocabulary Acquisition," International Journal of Information and Education Technology vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 11-16, 2016.

General Information

  • ISSN: 2010-3689 (Online)
  • Abbreviated Title: Int. J. Inf. Educ. Technol.
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • DOI: 10.18178/IJIET
  • Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Dr. Steve Thatcher
  • Executive Editor: Ms. Nancy Y. Liu
  • Abstracting/ Indexing: Scopus (CiteScore 2022: 2.0), INSPEC (IET), UGC-CARE List (India), CNKI, EBSCO, Google Scholar
  • E-mail: ijiet@ejournal.net


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