Effects of Japanese Vocabulary Instruction through Social Media



The purposes of this research were 1) to study effects of Japanese vocabulary instruction through social media; 2) to compare TNI students’ Japanese vocabulary ability before and after the class, and 3) to compare Japanese vocabulary ability of control group and experimental group before and after the class. The subjects were 42 students divided into 21 students for the control group and 21 students for experimental group at Thai-Nichi Institute of Technology during the second semester of 2017 academic year which derived through simple random sampling technique. The instruments used in this experiment were the pre-post Japanese vocabulary test and 5 Japanese vocabulary lessons. The experimental process and data collection were conducted as follows: The subjects were given a Japanese vocabulary pre-test. Then, the 5 Japanese vocabulary lessons which consisted of reading short stories with vocabulary lists were used 2 weeks through Social Media. The data were statistically analyzed by mean scores, standard deviation, percentage and t-test for independent samples.
The results were as follows; first; Japanese vocabulary ability of Thai-Nichi Institute of Technology students was at a high level. Second; the students’ Japanese vocabulary ability after the class was significantly higher than before, with instruction constructed at 0.05 level. Third, the students in the experimental group acquired 3.81words on average by 5 Japanese vocabulary lessons which consisted of reading short stories with vocabulary lists through Social Media. Fourth, the students’ Japanese vocabulary ability of the experimental group was higher than the control group.

Keywords: Japanese Vocabulary, Social Media

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