Husnul Mawaddah, Ika Apriani Fata, Usman Kasim


The innovation of this research is to fill in the gap of scheming “crossword puzzle” software to give grounding in English vocabulary of secondary L2 pupils in Aceh Besar. By way of the experimental quantitative approach, this study originated of finding in which shows that the score improvements of the mean of pre-test that was 44 improved up to 77 on post-test. The crossword puzzle has carried out the spirit of innovation to the classroom. Deprived of the teacher’s competence in comprehending the English text, the puzzle would not assist the students’ mastery in reading skill especially vocabulary expertise. This study recommends the use of crossword puzzle becomes an aid to teach English words in class of secondary level. Furthermore, it is suggested that further research study attempting to device the crossword puzzle to the higher education level or university students.


crossword puzzles; vocabulary achievement; ICT learning

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