2be conveyed. Thus, it can be concluded that learning vocabulary is important asthe basic need to encounter a new language.Vocabulary is taught in many different ways. Based on a studyconducted by Rosmayanti (2008), in most Indonesian English language class mostteachers used conventional teaching method in teaching vocabulary. The teachersonly give the students a non-stop drilling memorization practice. This types of learning can sometimes make the learners frustrated when they have to memorizea list of new words at once.
Therefore, the “look and remember” way of
vocabulary learning seems not to be effective for the learners of English language.
Cited in Nurhasanah’s paper (2006), studies conducted by Beck, Mc
Keown and Kucan (2002) shows that provided dictionary definitions and asked
brief questions about the words indicated 63% of students’ sentences were judged
to be “odd” (Miller and Gildea, 1985), 60% of students’ responses wereunacceptable (Mc Keown, 1993), and students’ frequently interpreted one or two
words from s definition as the entire meaning (Scott & Nagy, 1989).In the first case study in Indonesia, that type of vocabulary learningmakes the students bored and less motivated. The students are unlikely to besuccessful at learning unless they enjoy the process. In the second case,memorization may feel burdened when they cannot remember the list of wordsgiven. Therefore, teacher needs strategy to avoid this kind of problem by creatingactivities which is interesting and worth doing, especially in this case isvocabulary learning lesson to encourage the students.