Impact of Newspaper Articles in Enhancing Vocabulary Acquisition among Students

Authors

Keywords:

English, newspaper article, students, vocabulary

Abstract

The inability of students in the second cycle institutions to acquire and use appropriate vocabulary is the problem of many schools, and Berekum Senior High School is not an exception. The school’s results reflect the poor language standard in the school. Initial observations reveal that inadequate vocabulary on the part of students results in poor expression. Therefore, students find it difficult to use appropriate words in the application of the English Language. Data was collected through the use of interviews, questionnaires, and observation. The findings collected revealed that pupils find it difficult to understand the teaching and learning materials used in reading. This gradually retards their reading competency at the kindergarten up to the primary school level. Results were analyzed and discussed empirically.

Author Biography

Dominic Nti, English Department, Berekum college of Education, Berekum

Dominic Nti is a Tutor at Berekum College of Education. His major research interests are language, linguistics, and literature. Dominic strives to understand the factors affect the learning of English a second language. Dominic is motivated by using his research findings to look at what can be done to minimize the negative factors that affect the learning of English as a second language and maximize the positive ones. By understanding the factors that affect the learning of English as a second language, we can modify our teaching and learning process in such a way that it will suit our students as second language learners.

Dimensions

Abdullah, A. M. (2011). Enhancing Reading Comprehension Skills among Second Year Students of Accra Academy, Unpublished Thesis, University of Education, Winneba

Ali, A. (2013). Assisting First Year Students of Bechem Presbyterian Senior High School to overcome their inability to comprehend a Text, Unpublished Thesis, University of Cape Coast

Amponash, G. Y. (2011). Improving Reading Skills among the Pupils of Berekum Methodist Primary ‘A’ using the Eclectic Approach, Unpublished Thesis, University of Cape Coast.

Amoako – Attah, B. (2013). Improving Reading Skills among First Year Students of Drobo Senior High School, Unpublished Thesis, University of Cape Coast.

Anahor, I. (2012). Improving Reading Comprehension among Teacher Trainees in Ghana, A Case Study at St. John Bosco’s College of Education, Navrongo, Unpublished Thesis, University of Education, Winneba.

Annan, J. (2011). The Effects of Vocabulary Treatment on Reading Comprehension: A Case Study at Nana Ankobea Takyiwah Junior High School, Mampong – Akuapem, Unpublished Thesis, University of Education, Winneba.

Baron, P. (1990). Teaching Vocabulary in all Classrooms. Washington: Simon and Schuster Company.

Boabang, F. (2010). Investigations into Basic Six Pupils’ inability to Read and Comprehend a Written Material: A Case Study at Wamfie S.D.A Primary School, Unpublished Thesis, University of Cape Coast.

Cameron, L. (2001). Teaching English to Young Learners, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Clay, C. (2006, July 20) When does sex become an addiction?. The People and Places (Accra). p. 7

Eshun, K. B. (2012). Helping JHS One Pupils improve their Reading Comprehension through Language Games: An Action Research at Obuasi Presbyterian JHS in the Ashanti Region, Unpublished Thesis, University of Education, Winneba.

Fosu-Mensah, W. (2010). Improving English Reading Competence of Senior High School students of Anglican Senior High School, Akyem Oda, Unpublished Thesis, University Education, Winneba

Kelly, J. (1990). Current Trends in Teaching Second Language Vocabulary. In N. Schmitt, and M. Mccarthy (Eds), Vocabulary: Description, Acquisition and Pedagogy. UK: Cambridge University Press, 237-257.

Kwang, G. K. (2011). Improving the Reading Skills of Pupils of Drobo D/A Primary School Class Five, Unpublished Thesis, University of Cape Coast.

Langan, J. (1998). Tactics for Teaching, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall

Laufer, and Hill B. (2003). The Concept of ‘Synform’ (Similar Lexical Forms) in Vocabulary Acquisition. UK: Language and Education, 2, 113-132.

Lescano, M. (1995). Language Learning Strategies: What Every Teacher Should Know. Boston: Heinle&Heinle.

Lynette, J. H. (2006, May 27). How to deal with conflicts. The Mirror (Accra). p. 14

Macaro, C. (2003). The Role of Vocabulary Teaching’. TESOL Quarterly, 10(1), 77-89.

Mondria, S. (2003). Using the English Dictionary for Comprehension. TESOL Quarterly, 16(2), 185-194.

Meara, P. (1980). Vocabulary acquisition: A Neglected Aspect of Language Learning. Language Teaching and Linguistics: Abstracts: 221-246.

Nyarko, K. M. (2010, February 13) Cancer can be prevented. The Mirror (Accra). p. 13

Oxford, R. & Scarcella, R. C. (1994). Second Language Vocabulary Learning Among Adults: State of the Art in Vocabulary Instruction: System, 22(2), 231-243.

Okrah, P. (July, 2011). Improving the Reading Ability of Junior High School Pupils using the Syllabilic Method at Wamanafo S.D.A Junior High School, Unpublished Thesis, University of Cape Coast.

Pressley, M. Levin, J. R. & Mcdaniel, M. A. (1987). Remembering Versus Inferring What A Word Means: Mnemonic And Contextual Approaches. In M. Mckeown and M. Curtis (Eds), The Nature of Vocabulary Acquisition). Hillsdale, N.J.: Lawrence Erlbaum, 107-123.

Savage, F.S. (1994). Teaching Reading Using Literature, U.S.A.: WMC, Brown Communications Inc.

Sonbul, S. and Schmit, N. (2010). Direct Teaching Of Vocabulary After Reading: Is Worth The Effort?. ELT Journal, 64/3.

Sweet, P. (1996). Individual Differences in Second-Language Learning. London: Edward Arnold.

Published

2019-10-22

How to Cite

Nti, D. . (2019). Impact of Newspaper Articles in Enhancing Vocabulary Acquisition among Students. Nairobi Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, 3(4), 100. Retrieved from https://www.royalliteglobal.com/njhs/article/view/24

Issue

Section

Articles