On the effects of contextualized explanation and Ebbinghaus Forgetting Curve on the teaching and learning of English vocabulary

Song-shan HOU; Qing-lan LI; Jian-hu PAN; Ying ZHANG
April 2009
Sino-US English Teaching;2009, Vol. 6 Issue 4, p5
Academic Journal
This paper reports the outcomes of three vocabulary tests taken by 71 second-year undergraduates, discusses the possible effects of contextualized explanation of new words and Ebbinghaus Forgetting Curve on the vocabulary teaching and learning. The authors find that in a short duration there is a significant difference between the effect of bilingual (English & Chinese) explanation and that of monolingual (Chinese) explanation on the students' recognition of English new words.


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