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The Impact ofUsing Explicit/Implicit VocabularyTeaching Strategies on Improving Students’Vocabulary and Reading ComprehensionAl-Mu’tassimA. Al-DaraysehAl-Imam Mohammad Bin Saud University, Saudi ArabiaAbstractThis study aims at investigating the impact of a combination of both the explicit and implicitvocabulary teaching strategies on developing EFL learners’ vocabulary size and improving their readingcomprehension skills. The sample of the study consisted of 55 second-year students studying in the College ofEconomy at Al-Imam University. The two sections were randomly selected out of 10 sections studying Englishas a basic requirement in this college during the first semester of the academic year 2013/2014. The twosections were assigned to both experimental and control groups. A vocabulary and reading comprehensionpre-test was given to both groups at the beginning of the study to get sure that were equivalent andhomogenous. The experimental group was taught vocabulary and reading texts explicitly and implicitly, whilethe control group was taught in the traditional vocabulary teaching method. Two English instructors withsimilarqualifications and experiences taught the two groups for one complete semester. The same vocabularyand reading comprehension pre-test was given as a post-test at the end of the treatment. The gathered data outof the Pre-post Test were statistically analyzed, and the findings were obtained. The findings revealedsignificant differences between the control and experimental groups in favor of the experimental one. Thecombination of explicit and implicit vocabulary strategies has proved to be effective in increasing students’vocabulary size, and as a result, in improving their reading comprehension skills. The researcher reachedsome conclusions, implications and recommendations.Index Termsexplicit/implicit vocabulary teaching strategy, traditional vocabulary teaching method, readingcomprehensionI.INTRODUCTIONImproving EFL students’ reading comprehension is a goal which every responsible teacher tries hard with hisstudents to achieve. The mastery of reading comprehension skills is the key for students to get well with most contentcourses. Therefore, writers, educators and researchers have dealt with this matter seriously. In particular, they haveinvestigated the relationship between vocabulary and reading comprehension, and they tried hard to find out the besttechniques to improveEFL students’ reading comprehension.Writers and researchers have expressed several views and have reached several conclusions on the relationshipbetween vocabulary and language skills in general, and between vocabulary and reading comprehension in particular.

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