Date of Award

Spring 5-2014

Degree Type

Honors College Thesis


Speech and Hearing Sciences

First Advisor

Edward L. Goshorn

Advisor Department

Speech and Hearing Sciences


Vocabulary acquisition is fundamental in order for children to succeed not only academically, but also socially. Throughout the years, many scholars have researched various techniques to aid children in learning new vocabulary. Two of the techniques to aid vocabulary can be seen by utilizing an auditory and a writing technique. A teacher will present the students with several vocabulary words multiple times throughout a regular school year. These words are vital to the success of the child. Consequently, there is a need to discover a technique that will aid the students in learning the new vocabulary words. In order to harness the technique that is most beneficial to the child, this study researched two different techniques on vocabulary acquisition, an auditory rehearsal technique and a cursive rehearsal technique. The study did not show a significant difference between the two techniques; however, the data resulted in a trend for correctly recalling vocabulary words by utilizing the cursive rehearsal.