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American Journal of Educational Research. 2014, 2(11), 990-1004
DOI: 10.12691/education-2-11-1
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Strategy Instruction for Macao EFL Students

Mei Lan Chan1,

1School of Health Sciences, Macao Polytechnic Institute, Macao

Pub. Date: November 02, 2014

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Mei Lan Chan. Strategy Instruction for Macao EFL Students. American Journal of Educational Research. 2014; 2(11):990-1004. doi: 10.12691/education-2-11-1

Abstract

Strategy Instruction (SI) has been in much debate on its effectiveness on students’ language learning strategies (LLS) use, proficiency and the four main English skills (speaking, listening, writing and reading). In addition, most research studies on SI focus on one main English skill and train students with one or a few groups of LLS. Still fewer research has looked into the details of changes (or students’ learning processes) using diaries. This research used an embedded mixed methods quasi-experimental design to collect in-depth data to assess the effectiveness of SI on higher education nursing students’ changes of LLS, English achievement and learning processes. These quantitative and qualitative methods included questionnaires, group interviews, diaries, pre- and post-tests and class observations. One treatment group and one comparison group, a total of 59 university freshmen in Macao SAR participated in this study. All six groups of LLS (memory-related, cognitive, compensatory, metacognitive, affective and social) were taught and their effects on all four main English skills were discussed. Quantitatively, two groups (affective and compensatory) of LLS use and qualitatively, the learning processes of students had been improved after SI but no improvement was obtained in students’ achievement from the Oxford Placement Tests quantitatively. In this study, recommendations are made for utilizing SI in improving LLS in EFL.

Keywords:
strategy instruction language learning strategies EFL students

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