Cultural Familiarity in Vocabulary Learning through "Literary Short Story Reading
The aim of this study is to explore whether cultural familiarity influences vocabulary learning through reading short stories and nativizing the story can compensate for the lack of such familiarity. The study was conducted with 48 pre-intermediate university students divided into two groups. The experimental group studied on familiar (nativized) story while the control group did so with an unfamiliar (original) story. The participants were selected according to their scores of two tests including a pre-intermediate reading comprehension test and a vocabulary test on the tested vocabulary. For providing equality in opportunity, nativization was applied to an original story instead of using two different stories. After introducing the targeted words, the stories including the target words were studied with the students whose test scores pointed to a significant difference between the memorization levels of the two groups. The analysis of variance indicated a better vocabulary memorization with the nativized story.
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