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Language learning strategies of English for specific purposes students at a public university in Malaysia

Ahamad Shah, Mohamed Ismail and Ismail, Yusof and Esa, Zaleha and Muhamad, Ainon Jariah (2013) Language learning strategies of English for specific purposes students at a public university in Malaysia. English Language Teaching, 6 (1). pp. 153-161. ISSN 1916-4742

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Studies on strategy research have shown the usefulness and importance of language learning strategies (LLS) for ESL and EFL learners. However, research on content-based learners in relation to English for Academic Purposes (EAP) and English for Occupational Purposes (EOP) has yet to be undertaken. This study, therefore,investigated the learning strategies of students at a public English medium university in Malaysia. The study was mainly motivated by concerns about the standards of English of graduates of Malaysian universities. These concerns have also been expressed by the university authorities. The purpose of the research was to investigate the patterns of LLS as reported by the students according to gender, courses, and undergraduate programmes. A total of 312 students from three degree programmes participated in this study. Their learning strategies were investigated based on the Strategy Inventory for Language Learning (SILL) (Oxford, 1990). The findings of the study indicated that the students from the different degree programmes differed in the use of LLS. However, there was no statistically significant relationship between LLS and gender.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 6562/30438
Uncontrolled Keywords: English for Academic Purposes (EAP), English for Occupational Purposes (EOP), Language Learning Strategies (LLS), Strategy Inventory for Language Learning (SILL), Content-based Language Learning, Learner-centred Course, Gender
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PE English
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Centre for Languages and Pre-University Academic Development (CELPAD) > English Language Division
Depositing User: AssoProfDr Ainon Jariah Muhamad
Date Deposited: 11 Jul 2013 16:35
Last Modified: 30 Oct 2013 17:22
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/30438

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