Creativity-Induced Forms of Non-Verbal Communication in the Process of Vocabulary Internalization in Case of Young Learners
Krzysztof PolokAkademia Techniczno-Humanistyczna w Bielsku-Białej
Olga StankiewiczRoyal Academy of English in Rybnik
Eva StradiotovaFakulta aplikovaných jazykov EU v Bratislave
The study is aimed to answer whether the use of iconic nonverbal gestures positively
influences the acquisition of selected vocabulary by young learners. The research entailed
20 young private language school students split into Experimental (G1) group, where
students were taught by the use of the gestural method; and Control (G2) group taught
the same material using the traditional way of acquiring vocabulary. In both cases,
the treatment lasted 4 weeks with two 50 minute-long lessons weekly. To measure the
data from the treatment time, the pre-test and the post-test were employed. The t-tests
were applied for statistical calculations. The basic measurement instruments, such as
mean, mode, median, variance, and standard devotion were analysed. Additionally, the
observation sessions were conducted in each group during the third week of the study.
The gathered information allowed us to prove the hypothesis that gestures have a positive
influence on retention of acquired vocabulary among six-year-old learners.
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