ERIC Number: EJ803873
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jun
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Second Language Learning Strategies and Japanese: Does Orthography Make a Difference?
System: An International Journal of Educational Technology and Applied Linguistics, v33 n2 p327-339 Jun 2005
Orthographic languages have not been a major focus for second language learning strategy researchers. Much of the strategy research has focused on English as a second language or English as a foreign language. This is despite the many structural differences, particularly in relation to reading and writing, which might significantly influence patterns of strategy use. Japanese is one orthographic language, which has gained significant popularity as a course of study amongst both university students and high school students, particularly in Australia. Reliable strategy measurement surveys like the Strategy Inventory For Language Learning (SILL, Oxford, S.L. 1990. "Language Learning Strategies: What Every teacher Should Know." Newbury House, Harper and Row, New York) have been used extensively throughout the world for over a decade. However, published studies involving the SILL and learners of Japanese are relatively scarce, and many have involved adaptations to the SILL, to account for structural differences. As a result, a gap exists because of the lack of studies regarding the viability of SILL and orthographic languages. A major aim of this study is to test the relevance of the SILL with a small group of undergraduate learners of English speaking background, learning Japanese in a foreign language learning environment. Utilizing the SILL as a basis, it identifies strategy items related to reading and writing, and analyses the mean scores for these literacy related strategies. The result reveals how these beginning learners of Japanese scored highly on most literacy related strategy items contained in the SILL.
Descriptors: Japanese, Second Languages, Second Language Learning, Learning Strategies, Measures (Individuals), Undergraduate Students, Reading, Writing (Composition), Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Strategy Inventory for Language Learning