Assessment of TV Vocabulary Instruction Broadcast in Thailand Nationwide

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Budsaba Kanoksilapatham
Attapol Khamkhien


Because of the crucial role of English in all aspects of life, including business and education, local and national attempts have been made to ameliorate English language instruction.  Academically, the Ministry of Education of Thailand has broadcast its educational TV programs on the English subject since 2007 to enhance high school students’ English proficiency.  Individuals recognized to be successful English teachers at tuition centers in Thailand were invited to teach English lessons televised nationwide.  Given the significance of vocabulary in successful communication, their vocabulary teaching receives our attention. This study specifically aims to assess the effectiveness of vocabulary instruction theoretically and empirically. Theoretically, three unique vocabulary activities were described and subsequently assessed based on current vocabulary teaching theoretical frameworks.  Empirically, 125 high school students who acknowledged that they were regular viewers of TV vocabulary instruction lessons were the participants of this study.  The test devised to examine the impact of vocabulary instruction was based on the TV teaching materials, consisting of 15 word pairs whose meanings are subtly differentiated.  Based on these word pairs, 15 sentences were constructed to examine the students’ ability to choose the appropriate words for particular contexts.  The participants’ test scores, as well as interviews, suggested that such instruction did not seem to contribute to sustainable vocabulary learning.  The results highlight the indispensable nature of theoretically informed instruction for the benefit of Thai learners of English and implicate practical suggestions to empower English language teachers in vocabulary instruction.

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Budsaba Kanoksilapatham, Silpakorn University

Department of English, Faculty of Arts, Silpakorn University, Nakhon Pathom 73000

Attapol Khamkhien, Kasetsart University

Department of English, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Science, Kasetsart Univesity, Nakhon Pathom 73140


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