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ERIC Number: ED507398
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec-5
Pages: 60
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 69
Learning Strategies Used by Successful Language Learners
Thu, Tran Hoang
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This study examines the language learning strategies employed by successful learners of English as a foreign and second language. Two successful English learners whose first languages are Mandarin were interviewed, and asked to complete a questionnaire and a self-evaluation measure to indicate their perceived level of language proficiency as well as their learning goals for each individual language skill in the future. It was found that, in terms of motivation, whereas one learner, Miranda, learns English to excel and to use the language as well as native speakers of English, the other learner, Kate, learns English for her daily communication and academic pursuit in the US. The data from the interviews and the questionnaires show that these learners utilize a wide range of strategies to learn listening, reading, speaking, writing, pronunciation, grammar and vocabulary. It was also found that strategies for vocabulary learning outnumber those for other language skills and areas investigated. Social strategies were found to be widely used by the learners to improve their English. Additionally, practice was reported to be the key to improving all four language skills as well as pronunciation, grammar, and vocabulary. The following are appended: (1) SLA Research Study Interview Questionnaires; (2) Language Learning Strategies Survey; and (3) Guide for Self-Rating. (Contains 10 tables and 1 figure.)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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