TYPES OF LANGUAGE LEARNING STRATEGIES USED BY TERTIARY ENGLISH MAJORS

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TAN KHYE CHUIN ; SARJIT KAUR (2015)
  • Publisher: Association for the Teaching of English as a Foreign Language in Indonesia (TEFLIN)
  • Journal: TEFLIN Journal (issn: 0215-773X)
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.15639/teflinjournal.v26i1/17-354
  • Subject: language learning strategies (LLS) | Strategy Inventory for Language Learning (SILL) | student perceptions | Language and Literature | P | Philology. Linguistics | P1-1091

This study investigated the types of language learning strategies used by 73 English majors from the School of Humanities in Universiti Sains Malaysia. Using questionnaires adopted from Oxford’s (1990) Strategy Inventory of Language Learning (SILL) and focus group interviews, the study also examined the English major students’ perceptions of using language learning strategies while learning English. The results revealed that the English majors were generally high users of all six types of language learning strategies. The English majors were reported to use metacognitive strategies the most. The least preferred strategies among the English majors were memory strategies. Some of the students’ perceptions were positive as they perceived that language learning strategies developed their language competency and required a conscious and deliberate effort. Conversely, some negative perceptions illustrate that students had low awareness of language learning strategies and they believed that language learning strategies did not develop language competency and the usage did not require conscious effort. Research in this field should not cease from exploration in order to contribute towards the development of self-regulated language learners who have problem solving skills and are able to take control of their learning process.
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