Are Digital Technologies Effective for the Improvement of L2 Vocabulary at Tertiary Level?

Merzifonluoğlu A., Takkaç Tulgar A.

The Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal, vol.22, no.1, pp.56-72, 2022 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 22 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Journal Name: The Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal
  • Journal Indexes: ERIC (Education Resources Information Center)
  • Page Numbers: pp.56-72
  • Erzincan Binali Yildirim University Affiliated: Yes


The popularity of technology use in various aspects of individuals’ lives has necessitated integrating some form of technologies into language education to have a more effective teaching and learning process. Considering basic and sub-skills in English, vocabulary is probably the most preferred skill to learn by using different technological tools and applications. The present study, therefore, sought to investigate whether technology had an impact on L2 vocabulary development in a positive way by raising the awareness of learners in terms of using technology for educational purposes. A quasi-experimental research design was preferred. The data was obtained through creative writing assignments and an achievement test. 48 prep-class students took part in this study. The results revealed that although learners in the experimental group outperformed, the scores of creative writing assignments and achievement tests belonging to two groups were statistically non-significant. Setting out from these findings, some practical and pedagogical suggestions were provided.