Vol. 5, Issue 1 (2020)
Probing teachers’ vocabulary teaching stratagems: Secondary schools in focus
Author(s): Melaku Bayu Workie
Abstract: The main objective of this study was to inquire vocabulary teaching stratagems used by grade nine teachers in Secondary Schools in Debre Tabor town. The study used a descriptive survey design that involves quantitative and qualitative methods. Questionnaire, classroom observation and interview were used to gather the necessary data for the study. Twelve English teachers from both grade nine and ten were selected through comprehensive sampling for the questionnaire. Four of the teachers who were only teaching grade nine students were observed four times in their actual classroom and interviewed. And data were collected from ninety randomly chosen grade nine students through questionnaire. Thus, descriptive statistics such as frequencies, percentages and mean were employed in analyzing the quantitative data. The qualitative data were analyzed and reported. The overall findings of the study showed that teachers did not use the various vocabulary teaching strategies in the English classes. Teachers most frequently used definition, antonym and synonym; contextualization was occasionally used. Based on the findings, it is recommended that creating meaningful vocabulary teaching opportunities through various vocabulary teaching strategies were supposed to be practiced widely.