A Research Study On Learning Strategies Efl / Esl Learners

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The previous research was either purely quantitative (e.g., Stoffer, 1995, Gu & Johnson, 1996; Schmitt, 1997; Kudo, 1999; Kojic-Sabo & Lightbown, 1999; Gu, 2002; Fan, 2003; Catalan, 2003) or purely qualitative (e.g., Sanaoui, 1995; Lawson & Hogben, 1996; Lessard-Clouston, 2008). It worthwhile to mention that these studies were the pioneer studies who initiated and informed our understanding of vocabulary learning strategies EFL/ESL learners use to learn English vocabulary. Nevertheless, it can be observed from studies listed above that most of them were quantitative research studies that informed us what the participants actually do to learn vocabulary, but did not provide us rich information and in depth understanding in terms of why certain strategies were more frequently utilized than others. To my best of my knowledge, none of the research reviewed so far has attempted to investigate vocabulary strategies by using mixed methods research and that is what inspired me to conduct mixed methods study and include EFL learners from learning environment that has never been explored before to investigate their overall use of vocabulary strategies from two different perspectives and to find out if their strategy use varies based on what proposed by many vocabulary scholars in the SLA literature.
Findings gleaned from this study helped us to capture participants’ perspectives of the overall use vocabulary strategies use and help us understand why certain strategies…
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