ERIC Number: ED278273
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Reference Count: 0
Second Language Learning Strategies: Current Research and Implications for Practice.
Oxford, Rebecca L.
The research foundations for understanding strategies of second language learning are outlined. Three research themes are highlighted: the importance of second language learning strategies, the effectiveness of strategies as demonstrated by research, and the definition and classification of these strategies. Second language learning strategies are important because they improve language performance, encourage learner autonomy, are teachable, and expand the role of the teacher in significant ways. Information on the effectiveness of language learning strategies has been gathered by a variety of means, including simple list-making, observations by teachers and researchers, interviewing, notetaking and diaries by students themselves, self-reporting surveys, factor analytic studies, and training studies involving experimental and control groups. Each of these ways of determining the utility of second language learning strategies is discussed, and a new and more complete taxonomy of second language learning strategies based on a comprehensive review of research is presented. (Author/MSE)
Descriptors: Classification, Classroom Techniques, Correlation, Educational Research, Educational Strategies, Instructional Effectiveness, Language Research, Learning Activities, Learning Strategies, Methods Research, Qualitative Research, Research Methodology, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Skill Development, Teacher Role
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Los Angeles. Center for Language Education and Research.