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A study of factors that influence vocabulary of students in Goa, India

Author Affiliations

  • 1Parvatibai Chowgule College of Arts and Science Autonomous Margao, Goa, India
  • 2Parvatibai Chowgule College of Arts and Science Autonomous Margao, Goa, India
  • 3Parvatibai Chowgule College of Arts and Science Autonomous Margao, Goa, India

Int. Res. J. Social Sci., Volume 7, Issue (11), Pages 17-20, November,14 (2018)


Vocabulary ushers an significant role in the development of linguistic skills of a student. It is the key to communicate with others successfully. Research studies have shown strong links between academic success and panoptic vocabulary. The present study aims to understand the verbal ability of students in the context of their religion, primary medium of instruction, parents' education and mother tongue. 124 students from Parvatibai Chowgule College Margao, Goa have been studied with help of Ravens Mill Hill Vocabulary scale. The data collated was statistically analyzed using statistical packages for social sciences. Descriptive statistics and Inferential Statistical tools (Analyses of Variance (ANOVA) and independent sample test) were used for analysis of the data. Conclusions point toward influences that mother tongue, medium of instruction and even religion have on the personal vocabulary of a student.


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