INVESTIGATING THE IMPORTANCE LEVEL AND UTILIZATION OF VOCABULARY LEARNING STRATEGIES AMONG TURKISH EFL LEARNERS


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Yolcu M., Mirioğlu M.

AJUE, cilt.16, ss.32-45, 2020 (Diğer Kurumların Hakemli Dergileri)

  • Cilt numarası: 16 Konu: 1
  • Basım Tarihi: 2020
  • Dergi Adı: AJUE
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.32-45

Özet

This study aims to investigate (a) the perceptions of 8th grade Turkish EFL learners

regarding the importance and use of L2 vocabulary learning strategies (VLS), (b) to find out the

relationship between perceived importance level and application level of VLS and (c) to unearth the


most and the least frequently applied VLS by EFL learners in their learning processes. A mixed-

method sequential explanatory design was adopted in this study. The quantitative data were collected


through a questionnaire based on Schmitt's taxonomy of VLS from 398 participants and analyzed via

SPSS; qualitative data were obtained from focus group interviews conducted with 45 volunteer

participants and analyzed through thematic analysis. The findings indicated that EFL learners attribute

a great level of significance to vocabulary learning. It also revealed that there is a significant

relationship between importance and application level of VLS, which demonstrates that the strategies

that were given most importance were applied on a larger scale by learners.

Keywords: English Language Learning, Learner Perceptions, Vocabulary Learning, Vocabulary Learning

Strategies.