Strategies to improve vocabulary size of university students

Principal Supervisor

Professor Eunice L.Y. Tang, Department of Curriculum and Instruction


1 year and 3 months

Approved Budget

HK $149,666

  • Project Objectives
  • Key deliverables expected
  • Evaluation of deliverables/outcomes
  • Dissemination of deliverables/outcomes

Project Objectives

This project includes a construction of an online strategies-based vocabulary instruction and an intervention study to train invited students to develop vocabulary learning strategies through the online platform. The study will shed light on pedagogical implications for incorporating effective vocabulary learning strategies in university English teaching and learning as well as for independent vocabulary learning.

Key deliverables expected and timelines for completion

Key deliverables expected Timelines for completion
Directed vocabulary learning support system on web-based platform Apr 2013
University-wide seminars or workshops on vocabulary learning strategies May 2013 – Aug 2013
Identification of effective vocabulary learning strategies for vocabulary growth May 2013 – Aug 2013
Publication of results and dissemination of pedagogical suggestions to enhance vocabulary teaching and learning in tertiary education Sep 2013 – Nov 2013

Arrangements for evaluation of project deliverables/outcomes

The frequency of use of the vocabulary learning support system on web-based platform will be counted by its number of viewers. Its effectiveness will be evaluated through the performance of invited subjects on the post-tests which measure their vocabulary size and the use of vocabulary learning strategies (VLS). Also, data analysis will be done to identify effective VLS through the examination of the vocabulary learning profile of the invited subjects.

Means for disseminating project deliverables/outcomes

  • Establishment of the vocabulary learning support system on web-based
  • University-wide seminars or workshops on VLS
  • International publications