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Strategy Training and its Application in the Process of Foreign Language Learning

  • Olga TrendakEmail author
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Part of the Second Language Learning and Teaching book series (SLLT)

Abstract

Research into the strategies employed by good learners shows that it is not enough to teach a foreign language to make learners achieve success. It is the introduction of language learning strategies that can make the process more efficacious (Rubin et al. 2007). On many occasions, less proficient language learners, despite their great effort and perseverance, experience frustration due to their unsatisfying results. What is more, they fear they will never master the target language the way their more advanced classmates did. Strategy training, or direct instruction thanks to which learners learn how to use learning strategies effectively (Cohen 1998), may appear to be very useful in such cases. Thanks to its implementation, learners receive an opportunity to enrich their knowledge about strategies, which might make learning the target language more successful. Furthermore, strategic intervention is believed to boost learners’ confidence and promote autonomous behaviors. The paper reports the results of a study conducted among advanced learners of English which examined the impact that strategic intervention exerted on the acquisition of a specific grammar feature.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of ŁódźLodzPoland

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