PERCEPTIONS OF THE UNDERGRADUATE EFL LEARNERS STUDYING AT SALAHADDIN UNIVERSITY REGARDING VOCABULARY LEARNING STRATEGIES

Sibel Ersel Kaymakamoğlu, Kamil Mohammad Baqr Hassan

Abstract


This research study explored the vocabulary learning strategies of undergraduate EFL learners’ perceptions regarding vocabulary learning strategies. It also investigated whether there were any differences in the learners’ perceptions about vocabulary learning strategies in relation to gender, language level and age. This research was conducted at the English Language Department of Salahaddin University with 140 second (pre-intermediate level) and fourth year (advanced level) students in the spring semester of the academic year 2013-2014. The participants of the study were randomly chosen and they took part in the investigation voluntarily. The findings of the study indicated that the perceptions of the participants did not show any significant differences regarding vocabulary learning strategies in relation to gender and age. The participants’ reported perceptions regarding vocabulary learning strategies revealed significance regarding language level. The Pre-intermediate learners preferred Social Strategies more than the advanced level learners.

Key Words: Vocabulary learning strategies, gender, age, language level, social srategies.


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