Can the students in an ESP course learn new vocabulary as they review and practice it by playing a computer game?

This paper explores the use of a computer game to enhance second-language learner's knowledge of technical vocabulary in their field of study. The aim of the study is to prove that an effective educational tool for learning vocabulary does not necessarily have to present the target words in con...

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Main Authors: Zamora Salazar, Eduardo, Chaves Carballo, Olga
Format: Artículo
Language: Inglés
Published: Escuela de Lenguas Modernas, Universidad de Costa Rica 2009
Online Access: http://revistas.ucr.ac.cr/index.php/rlm/article/view/9476
http://hdl.handle.net/10669/23534
Summary: This paper explores the use of a computer game to enhance second-language learner's knowledge of technical vocabulary in their field of study. The aim of the study is to prove that an effective educational tool for learning vocabulary does not necessarily have to present the target words in context or in a communicative way. This tool is not only innovative and entertaining but it also unquestionably reinforces the internalization of target lexical items by means of rote learning. The participants were eight fifth-year students of the Nursing major at the Universidad de Costa Rica in 2004 who were taking English for Nurses.