students¶ responses were unacceptable (Mc Keown, 1993), and students frequently interpretedone or two words from s definition as the entire meaning (Scott & Nagy, 1989).In the first case study in Indonesia, that type of vocabulary learning makes the students bored, less motivated and caused lack of vocabularies and fluency. Lewis & Hill (1990) statesthat students are unlikely to be very successful at learning unless they enjoy the process. In thesecond case, memorization may feel burdened when they cannot remember the list of wordsgiven. Therefore, teacher needs strategy to avoid this kind of problem by creating activitieswhich is interesting and worth doing, especially in this case is vocabulary learning lesson toencourage the students. Since, students¶ feeling toward the lesson will influence the learningsuccess outcome.One of the activities of teaching and learning vocabulary which is believed to be the bestway of teaching and learning vocabulary is through game. Ersoz (2000) holds that games arehighly appreciated thanks to their amusement and interest. Nguyen Thi Huyen and Khuat ThiThu Nga (2003) say that:
Games have been shown to have advantages and effectiveness in learning vocabulary in various ways. First,games bring in relaxation and fun for students, thus help them learn and retain new words more easily. Second,games usually involve friendly competition and they keep learners interested. These create the motivation for learners of English to get involved and participate actively in the learning activities. Third, vocabulary games bring real world context into the classroom, and enhance students¶ use of English in a flexible, communicativeway.
Games also help the teacher to create contexts in which the language is useful andmeaningful. The students want to take part and in order to do so they must understand what theothers are saying or written, and they must speak or write in order to express their own point of view or give information.Jung (2006) considers that the usage of games can be a powerful language learning tool.There are so many games that can be applied by teacher concerning to how to improve thestudents¶ vocabulary mastery, such as the alphabet game, hangman, word search, puzzle and soon.One of the most famous games in the rest of twentieth century named crossword now has been beneficially used in teaching learning process. Jones (2007 in
uilding Vocabulary Skill
)cites that crossword solving involves several useful skills including vocabulary, reasoning,spelling and word attack skills. To solve any crossword puzzle, a person must be able to identify