ỨNG DỤNG CÁC TRÒ CHƠI JIGSAW-GUESSING TRONG VIỆC DẠY VÀ HỌC TỪ VỰNG CỦA SINH VIÊN KHÔNG CHUYÊN TẠI ĐẠI HỌC LẠC HỒNG
APPLYING JIGSAW-GUESSING GAMES FOR NON-ENGLISH MAJORS FOR TEACHING AND LEARNING VOCABULARY AT LAC HONG UNIVERSITY
Many language teachers at Lac Hong University (LHU) were facing with the inactiveness of the students in
their English classes. Discovering an appropriate way to stimulate their language learning and teaching is a critical question.
An examination was carried out in some classes of non-English majors learnt with a variety of games at LHU. After the
examination, most of students showed the wish to learn in a relaxing learning atmosphere with games. During teaching, the
writer detected the benefits of using jigsaw-guessing vocabulary games in her teaching at LHU. Therefore, a research was
conducted on two classes of second-year non-English majors using jigsaw-guessing vocabulary games to find out the
effectiveness of the games as well as the students’ vocabulary retention. An action research with tests, questionnaires, and
interviews was quantitatively and qualitatively used to help find the results. The outcomes of the study displayed that the
jigsaw-guessing vocabulary games could improve students’ vocabulary retention and revision and involve the students in
their studying with a relaxing classroom atmosphere (88.2%). 72.7% of her students were interested in their learning of
English. It is believed that the implementation of games in general and jigsaw-guessing game in particular can assist the
writer as well as other language teachers teaching English vocabulary for non-majors at LHU.