A recent action research study has suggested the inclusion of computer related sight vocabulary for learning alphabet in grade one along with the current sight vocabulary due to the changed context and free tablets being distributed to school children.
According to researcher, Dr. Lalit Kishore of Jaipur, keeping in view the changed situation in the urban primary schools with the introduction of computers and smart classrooms, the action research to teach alphabet by including the sight vocabulary related to technological devices, has been favoured both by both students and their parents.
The study procedure included four clap rhymes and additional flash cards to create sight vocabulary of 52 existing pictures and 26 new iconic visuals related to computers and cell-phones. In the action research that lasted for six days, one day was devoted to rhymes and five other days for sight vocabulary of five or six letters related words per day.
The new words included in the sight vocabulary were as follows: Abacus; Bluetooth; CPU; DVD; Email; Floppy; Game-port; Hard-disk; iPhone; Joystick; Keyboard; Laptop; Modem; Nero; Orkut; Printer; Q-cable; Ram; Server; Twitter; UPS; Vista; Webcam; XP; YouTube; Zorpia.
A recall test on children (N=25, age= 5-6 years, MSE group, urban) for random ten picture-to-word matching showed 80 X 80 criterion performance indicating the effectiveness of the intervention. Implication of the action research is that the sight-vocabulary should be contextualized every time the technological environment changes.
The outcome of the action research was the creation of knowledge product in the form of flash cards and new clap rhymes. Educational innovations for language learning need to keep to keep pace with technological revolutions.
The abstract of the study has been accepted for an upcoming conference on teaching of English at Lingaya's University in Faridabad.