Learning Vocabulary Through Image Sketching among Primary School Children

By Vijayaletchumy Subramaniam, Mohd. Sahandri Gani Hamzah, Noor Aina Dani, Normaliza Abd Rahim, Nik Rafidah Nik Affendi and Dr. Abdul Rashid Daing Melebek.

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Vocabulary has long been neglected by most linguists and language teachers who either regard the teaching of it as unnecessary or even determined to the learning of a second language. In recent years, however, interest in the teaching/learning vocabulary has revived and once again a number of linguists and language teachers are involved in attempts to facilitate vocabulary acquisition by the foreign learner of English. This paper introduces a technique of teaching/learning vocabulary that aims to make the task not only more enjoyable for both teacher and learner but also more meaningful. The technique in question is a variation of the so-called mnemonic techniques which seek to create an unusual association between the word form and its meaning. But the technique differs from the keyword technique in important ways. First of all, it makes no attempt to establish any link between the learner’s first language and English. Secondly, it involves the learners taking time – about 2 or 3 minutes – to sketch an image of the word or expression under study. The programme requires the retraining of service teachers who are provided with draw upon their experience in conducting of 20 students in Sek.Keb.Serdang, Selangor. The feedback received from the students supports the vocabulary programmes from image sketching.

Keywords: Vocabulary, Image Sketching, Primary School Children

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 9, Issue 2, pp.35-42. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.125MB).

Dr. Vijayaletchumy Subramaniam

Senior Lecturer, Department of Malay Language, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Vijayaletchumy Subramaniam is a lecturer at the Malay Department, Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication, University Putra Malaysia. She completed her doctoral research on ‘Dyslexia from The Aspect of Reading Bahasa Melayu’ in 2003 at the Language Centre, University Putra Malaysia. She has an interest in issues in intercultural discourse and communication. She is particularly interested in the relation ship between language, communication and society. Currently supervising Masters and Ph.D students in mastering the qualitative research in Malay Linguistic and the Teaching and Learning of Malay Language.

Prof. Mohd. Sahandri Gani Hamzah

Assoc. Prof, Faculty of Educational Studies, UPM, Serdang, Selangor, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

RESUME Name : DR. MOHD. SAHANDRI GANI B. HAMZAH NRIC No : 560405-11-5013 Current Position : Associate Professor Gred SSM : DS 53 Academic Qualification : Bachelor of Education in Agricultural Science (Hons) University Putra Malaysia (1981) Master of Education (Supervision and Measurement in Education) National University of Malaysia (1995) Ph.D (Research and Evaluation in Educational Practice) National University of Malaysia (1998) Office Address : Faculty of Educational Studies University Putra Malaysia Serdang 43400, Selangor. PREVIOUS AND CURRENT RESPONSIBILITY i. Planning and developing of school education policy draft. ii. Planning, coordinating and developing proposal paper for restructuring of State Education Division, School Division and Ministry of Education. iii. Coordinating and managing activities related to education policy change for all State Education Division. iv. Briefing and Workshops related to National Educational Policy Change. v. Analysis of education policies for Ministry of Education Malaysia reference. vi. Conduct research related to enforcement of current and future policies. vii. Education Quality Control especially related to MS ISO viii. Planning and conducting MS ISO Seminar and producing seminar prosiding for National Seminar on MS ISO ix. Coordinating and checking of rules and enforcement of rules related to school curriculum and extra curriculum x. Coordinating and implementing of joint program between British Council and UNICEF xi. Associate Profesor related responsbilities xii. Lecturer (Testing and Measurement, Research Methodology and Statistical Analysis) xiii. Lecturer (Experimental research) Ph.D student. xiv. Head of Research team: Malaysia Primary School Food Program xv. Head of research Team: Level of Motivation for Technical Education Department officers and its subsidiaries. xvi. Secretariat Head for MARA officers: Evaluation of competencies level course WORK EXPERIENCE i. Teacher (Agricultural Science, Integrated Science and General Science) 1981-1987. ii. Agricultural Science Curriculum Planning Committee Kelantan Education State Division (1982 -1987). iii. Agricultural Science Examination Questions Panel for Kelantan State Division (1982 - 1987) iv. Federal School Inspectorate (January 1988 - June 1993) Area of expertise: a) Agricultural Science b) Living Skills c) Science for Primary School d) Administration & School Leadership e) School Financial Management f) Chairman of National School Project (1991 - 1993) v Lecturer, Kota Bharu Teacher Education College (May 1995 July 1997) vi Assistant Director Kelantan Technology Education Centre (August 1998-August 2000) vii Assistant Director, Education Policy Planning and Research Department, Ministry of Education Malaysia (September 2001 - March 2002) viii Chief Assistant Director Unit Penyelidikan Bahagian Perancangan dan Penyelidikan Dasar Pendidikan ix School Division Unit Head (February 2005 – August 2006) x Associate Professor (Lecturer) xi Coordinator for “Testing and measurement” course for Master Degree and Ph.D program

Dr. Noor Aina Dani

Lecturer, Department of Malay Language, Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Dr Noor Aina Dani is an Associate Professor at Universiti Putra Malaysia. Her expertise is on Psycholinguistics.

Prof Dr. Normaliza Abd Rahim

Senior Lecturer, Department of Malay Language, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Dr. Normaliza Abd Rahim is a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia.

Dr. Nik Rafidah Nik Affendi

Lecturer, Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Dr Nik Rafidah Nik Affendi is a lecturer at Universiti Putra Malaysia.

Dr. Abdul Rashid Daing Melebek

Senior Lacturer, Faculty of modern Languages and Communication, University Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Dr. Abdul Rashid Daing Melebek is a Senior Lecturer, Department of Malay Language.

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