Research in the field of language teaching and learning reveals that mnemonics is one of the most effective language learning strategies for vocabulary. Researchers like Rasiban, et al. (2019); Levin (1993); Zulfa (2019); Kayaaltu (2018) suggest that using mnemonics to learn new vocabulary has a positive effect on vocabulary retention and retrieval. Research also shows however that students’ perceptions may encourage or inhibit the usage of any learning strategy depending on their perceptions of its effectiveness. Hence the importance of detecting learner perception about any learning or teaching device. Despite the above there is limited research about students’ perceptions about mnemonics as a language learning practice. In this study researcher attempts to look into student perceptions about effectiveness of using mnemonics for learning new vocabulary and mnemonic strategies that students prefer. Analysis of data also revealed challenges that students face when using mnemonics. Study results indicate that students perceive mnemonics as a useful tool for helping them remember and retrieve new vocabulary. They also consider it as a fun-infusing activity that has a positive effect on learning environment by encouraging creativeness and improvisation, cooperative learning, and helps personalization of their learning. Study also shows that challenges which some students face when using mnemonics may in fact result from problems in using that strategy rather than the strategy itself. Furthermore, study results indicate that students’ most preferred types of mnemonics are verbal and keyword. Students however indicated that learners should be given the freedom to choose mnemonic strategies that best suite required learning tasks and their learning style.
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Applied Linguistics Department
MA in Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language
Dr. Raghda El Essawi
Committee Member 1
Dr. Dalal Abo El Seoud
Committee Member 2
Dr. Shahira Yacout
Institutional Review Board (IRB) Approval
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(2023).AFL Students’ Perception of Using Mnemonics as a Strategy to Enhance their Vocabulary Acquisition and Retention [Master's Thesis, the American University in Cairo]. AUC Knowledge Fountain.
Elsisi, Elsayed. AFL Students’ Perception of Using Mnemonics as a Strategy to Enhance their Vocabulary Acquisition and Retention. 2023. American University in Cairo, Master's Thesis. AUC Knowledge Fountain.
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