The Effectiveness of PAVE Strategy on Developing University Students’ Vocabulary and Self-Efficacy

Ethar A. Altwaijri


The present study aimed at investigating the effectiveness of the “PAVE” vocabulary learning strategy on developing a group of students’ vocabulary and self-efficacy while studying English as a foreign language at the College of Languages and Translation, at Al-Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University. The research sample consisted of sixteen Saudi female English language learners. A pre/post vocabulary test and a self-efficacy scale were administered to the study participants before and after the treatment. The participants were introduced to one of the vocabulary learning Strategies “PAVE strategy”, which has been used. The results provided support for the hypotheses of the study and showed that the students performed significantly better on the post administration of the vocabulary test as well as on the self-efficacy scale. Thus, it can be said that the PAVE vocabulary learning strategy had a large impact on developing students’ vocabulary and self-efficacy. The study recommended that the use of vocabulary learning strategies should be given enough attention to develop students’ vocabulary and self-efficacy.

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