ERIC Number: ED249796
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Aug
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An Investigation of Learning Strategies in Oral Communication that Chinese EFL Learners in China Employ.
A study investigating the learning strategies in oral communication used by Chinese students of English as a second language in China consisted of identification of the general strategies and specific techniques for improving oral proficiency, and assessment of the effects of some of them on achievement. It also explored some learner characteristics believed to affect learning strategies and techniques. Sixty graduating English major students at Guangzhou Foreign Languages Institute completed a strategies questionnaire and were given an oral test designed to evaluate their communicative abilities. The ten highest and nine lowest achievers in oral communication, as determined by the oral measure, were interviewed to obtain more information about the learners, especially their personal insights about their learning processes and strategies. The results yielded a large number of strategies and techniques characteristic of successful learning. Statistical analyses demonstrated that a certain number of them are critical for the improvement of oral proficiency. These findings confirmed several good learner strategies suggested by the Rubin-Stern-Naiman inventories. In addition, the interview findings revealed some idiosyncratic behavior patterns that seriously affected language learning and also demonstrated the complexity and individuality of the foreign language learning process. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master's Thesis, Chinese University of Hong Kong.