Enhancing Vocabulary Proficiency and Self-Directed Learning through YouTube: A Study in an EFL Context

  •  Chia Pei Wu    


This study investigates the impact of using YouTube channels, specifically Ray Du English and BBC Learning English, on the vocabulary acquisition and self-directed learning motivation of non-English major students in Taiwan. The research aims to enhance traditional teaching methods and broaden students' international perspectives by leveraging the diverse and engaging resources available on YouTube. The study involves 128 first-year students from the Departments of Communication and Electrical Engineering at a university in southern Taiwan. A mixed-methods approach, combining quantitative pretests and post-tests with qualitative questionnaires and focus group interviews, was employed to evaluate the effectiveness of YouTube-assisted learning. Findings indicate that YouTube videos significantly improve vocabulary proficiency and self-directed learning motivation, with notable differences between the two student groups. Communication majors showed substantial vocabulary gains, while Electrical Engineering majors exhibited higher autonomous learning motivation. Overall, students expressed positive attitudes toward integrating YouTube into their learning process, highlighting its potential to make vocabulary learning more engaging and effective.

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