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ERIC Number: EJ849432
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0346-251X
Using Language Learning Strategies to Improve the Writing Skills of Saudi EFL Students: Will It Really Work?
McMullen, Maram George
System: An International Journal of Educational Technology and Applied Linguistics, v37 n3 p418-433 Sep 2009
This study investigates the use of language learning strategies (LLSs) by Saudi EFL (English as a Foreign Language) students inside the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The study determines if gender and academic major have any effect on that use and reveals the potential benefits for Saudi students in the area of strategy instruction. Data was collected during the academic year 2007-2008 from three sample universities in Saudi Arabia using Rebecca Oxford's Strategy Inventory for Language Learning (SILL), a self-report questionnaire, as the instrument. Participants in the study (N = 165) were all enrolled in similar Freshman English composition courses and totaled 71 male students and 94 female students. The results of ANOVA (analysis of variance) tests showed that female students used slightly more LLSs than male students, and Computer Science students used slightly more LLSs than Management Information Systems students. In response to these findings, a program for direct strategy instruction was piloted with an English writing class at one of the sample universities. Encouraging results from this trial program suggest new avenues for approaching the teaching of writing inside the Kingdom. (Contains 6 figures and 8 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Saudi Arabia