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Language learning strategies of students in content-based instruction

Ahamad Shah, Mohamed Ismail and Ismail, Yusuf and Esa, Zaleha and Muhamad, Ainon Jariah (2010) Language learning strategies of students in content-based instruction. In: 2010 Applied Linguistics Association of Australia (ALAA) Congress, 4th - 7th July 2010, University of Queensland, Brisbane. (Unpublished)

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This study investigates the learning strategies of students at the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM). 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 IIUM, one of the few universities in Malaysia using English as the medium of instruction. The primary objective of this research has been to identify what good language learners do to learn a second language. The study investigated frequency of strategy use according to type of courses (i.e. content-based versus non content-based), gender, and proficiency levels. There were 312 students taking English for Occupational Purposes (EOP) and English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses. Their learning strategies were investigated through an analysis of their responses to Rebecca Oxford’s Strategy Inventory for Language Learning (SILL) (Oxford, 1990), an instrument that has been validated in a number of studies. The study found that the students from the different degree programmes differed in the use of the six different strategies. The study also did not find any significant relationship between language learning strategies and gender.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Full Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: English for Academic Purposes (EAP), English for Occupational Purposes (EOP), Language learning strategies, Strategy Inventory for Language Learning.
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PE English
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of English Language & Literature
Depositing User: Assoc. Prof. Mohamed Ismail Ahamad Shah
Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2011 15:20
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2011 08:51
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/3926

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