CHALERMWUT KHRONGSAKUN (KING MONGKUT'S UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY THONBURI)
PAMARARAT WIRIYAKARUN (King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi)

LEARNING ENGLISH VOCABULARY THROUGH NON-EDUCATIONAL ONLINE GAMES : LANGUAGE LEARNING

Vocabulary has been concerned as a crucial factor in mastering languages. However, learning vocabulary has been perceived as a boring activity. Playing games is an activity which teenagers love doing in their spare time. The study is, therefore, aimed to investigate the effects of playing online games on learning English vocabulary. There were two research instruments including questionnaires which were used to select the qualified participants and semi-structured interviews which were used to gather in-depth information about how the participants learn English vocabulary through online games. The participants were voluntary secondary students from four schools in Chachoengsao province, Thailand. The findings showed that the participants seemed to use some vocabulary learning strategies when they were playing non-educational online games. However, there were some important factors that might affect their vocabulary learning such as the characteristic and preferences of the players and their partners, types of games, and features of games.

Chalermwut Khrongsakun is an English language teacher in a secondary school in Chachoengsao province, Thailand. Currently, he is a master student in Applied Linguistics for English Language teaching at King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi. He is also doing a study under the supervision of Asst. Prof. Dr. Pamararat Wiriyakarun.

Asst. Prof. Dr. Pamararat Wiriyakarun is a lecturer in the department of Language Studies at King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi, Thailand . Her research interests include curriculum development, program evaluation, task-based learning, learning strategies and learner autonomy.