The Impact of Subtitled Videos on Accidental Vocabulary Learning of EFL students

  • Zheen Hamad amin Abdullah Department of English - College of Education / Salahaddin University-Erbil
  • Sheelan Ahmad Hamadameen Department of English - College of Basic Education / Salahaddin University-Erbil
Keywords: vocabulary knowledge scale, control, experimental


This study aimed to find out whether watching subtitled videos influences incidental vocabulary learning. The subjects of the study were 40 students from English departments at college of Education and Basic Education University of Salahaddin in the Academic year 2017-2018. The students were divided into two groups, control and experimental. The control group watched the video without subtitle twice while the experimental group watched the same video twice within subtitle. To collect the data, a 5-point vocabulary knowledge scale was used. After conducting the pilot study, 10 words were selected. To achieve the purpose of the study, pre-test post-test were utilized.

The results of the study indicate that the latter outperformed the since there were differences between the groups according to t-test results. It's worth mentioning that there was a significant improvement in both of the groups from pre-test to post-test scores. This progress was attributed to the presentation of target words in videos. Thus, the target words were contextualized and it became easy for participants to elicit the meanings of the words.

Author Biography

Zheen Hamad amin Abdullah, Department of English - College of Education / Salahaddin University-Erbil

English department, 

TESOL, teaching English to the speakers of other languages


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How to Cite
Abdullah Z, Hamadameen S. The Impact of Subtitled Videos on Accidental Vocabulary Learning of EFL students. JAHS [Internet]. 20Apr.2020 [cited 6Aug.2020];24(2):266 -274. Available from: