Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 9. Number 2. June 2018                                                           Pp. 70-91

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 The Effect of ECRIF Strategy on EFL Seventh Graders’ Vocabulary Learning and Retention 

 Basma Issa Ahmad AlSaleem
 Language Center
The World Islamic Sciences and Education University
Amman, Jordan



This paper aims at highlighting the effectiveness of Encounter, Clarify ,Remember, Internalize, Fluent Use (ECRIF) strategy in  English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Seventh Graders’ vocabulary learning and retention. It tries to answer the following question : Are there statistically important differences at (α ≤ 0.05) in the whole mean scores in vocabulary accomplishment among the students who learn English vocabulary through using ECRIF strategy (experimental group) and those who learn English vocabulary over the traditional technique (control group) in the post test? To accomplish the purpose of the study, the researcher shown the experimental group with a sample involved (125) students for ECRIF strategy. While the traditional technique was used with the control group which involved (100) students in the first term of the school year 2017-2018.The researcher used (pre -post & delayed) vocabulary test and an analysis card to collect data. The study’s results suggested that there were statistically important differences at (α ≤ 0.05) in the whole mean grade in vocabulary accomplishment between experimental and the control groups in the post & delayed test in favor of ECRIF strategy. In addition, the researcher recognized these differences to using ECRIF strategy in teaching English language vocabulary. In light of these outcomes, the study suggested the necessity of applying ECRIF in teaching English language to get better results in students’ vocabulary learning and retention in English as a foreign language. Similarly, the ECRIF Strategy would be used with other English skills and sub-skills.
Key Words: ECRIF , EFL, vocabulary, retention , seventh grade, learning.

Cite as:  AlSaleem, B. I. A. (2018). The Effect of ECRIF Strategy on EFL Seventh Graders’ Vocabulary Learning and Retention.
Arab World English Journal, 9 (2).


Dr. Basma Issa Tlelan Al-Saleem, An EFL Associate Professor in the Language Center at The
World Islamic Sciences and Education University. Amman-Jordan. She is the Director of Arabic
for Speakers of Other Languages Center ASOL 2016. She holds a doctorate degree from Yarmouk
University in Curriculum and Instructions of Teaching English as a Foreign Language TEFL in
2010. She has a Diploma in TESOL from Columbia University in New York,2008. She holds the
American Professional Certificate of English Teachers from SIT Institution-New York 2012. She
was a participant in preparing the Strategic Development plan of Imam University in Saudi Arabia
in cooperation with Stanford University in the USA 2014. She has several training courses in the
area of Educational technology and human rights. Her concerns, several research in the use of
technology in education and human rights. She has many of the posts working papers at
conferences in Jordan and abroad. She holds a Diploma in Child Rights from Lund University in
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