Hoàng Thu Ba


The present study entitled “The effectiveness of presenting and practicing new
ESP vocabulary in minimal context: A study at Thuongmai University (TMU)” was
conducted to investigate the efficiency of teaching business vocabulary in minimal context,
in terms of the students’ ESP vocabulary knowledge improvement and motivation in
acquiring vocabulary; as well as find out several advantages of minimal context brought
about the ESP vocabulary learning and teaching, then propose some pedagogical
implications for the teachers at the research site. An action research was implemented in the
classes of 100 second-year students at TMU during two weeks (5 periods) and data were
collected and generated by pre-test and post-test, questionnaires, and observations. The
findings highlighted students’ improvement in ESP vocabulary knowledge and high
motivation in the vocabulary lesson using minimal context to present and involve students
in practicing new vocabulary. Besides, there still existed a small group of students having
little improvement and interest in the lesson. In addition, the study indicated a range of
benefits to students’ language study, pedagogy and strategy in vocabulary instruction or


ESP vocabulary; minimal context; vocabulary learning; teaching

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