Investigating Language Learning Strategies of EFL Children for the Development of a Taxonomy

Gürsoy, Esim
September 2010
English Language Teaching;Sep2010, Vol. 3 Issue 3, p164
Academic Journal
As a still growing area, Language Learning Strategies (LLS) research needs to expand so that it covers different contexts and age groups. Previous research shows that most of LLS research is conducted in ESL contexts and the majority looked into strategies of adolescents and adults. Consequently, strategy taxonomies as well as the inventories developed so far, comprise this context and age group mentioned. Thus, the current study investigates children's language learning strategies in an EFL context. Data is collected from 54 children via methodological triangulation through, a semi-guided questionnaire, task-based interviews, observations during students' task performance, field notes kept during task-based interviews, think- aloud protocols for reading and writing skills, classroom observations, and general interviews conducted according to the results of the semi-guided questionnaire. Triangulation in location is also applied. As a result of the study, LLS of children are identified and then organized as a taxonomy upon taking Oxford's (1990) classification as a basis.


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