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Strategic English learning and proficiency among Vietnamese tertiary learners: beyond passive stereotypes


Nguyen, H and Terry, DR and Jang, SH, Strategic English learning and proficiency among Vietnamese tertiary learners: beyond passive stereotypes, The International Journal of Learning in Higher Education, 24, (1) pp. 19-34. ISSN 2327-7955 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2016 Common Ground Research Networks, Hoang Nguyen, Daniel R. Terry, Sun Hee Jang

DOI: doi:10.18848/2327-7955/CGP/v24i01/19-34


Practitioners and researchers worldwide have enthusiastically undertaken research on language learning strategies (LLS) since the early 1970s. They have since established solid evidence on LLS as an influential factor in determining success in second/foreign language learning. However, in the context of Vietnam, there is a dearth of evidence regarding LLS and successful second/foreign language learning. The purpose of this study was to examine the frequency and pattern of LLS use among Vietnamese students undertaking English as a foreign language (EFL) at the tertiary (university) level. Secondly, it sought to investigate the relationship between LLS use and self-rated English proficiency. Quantitative data were collected from 564 students through a researcher-generated questionnaire, the English Language Learning Strategy Questionnaire (ELLSQ), which had been pretested to ensure validity and reliability. Findings revealed that the students were moderate users of learning strategies, and frequency of strategy use was positively correlated with self-reported English proficiency.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:learning strategies, second language learning, English, Vietnamese, tertiary students
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:LOTE, ESL and TESOL curriculum and pedagogy
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Learner and learning not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Nguyen, H (Dr Hoang Nguyen)
UTAS Author:Jang, SH (Dr Sunny Jang)
ID Code:114212
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2017-02-08
Last Modified:2018-03-20
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