The Expert Language Learner: a Review of Good Language Learner Studies and Learner Strategies

  • Joan Rubin


This chapter presents a current model of the learning processes of successful language learners. It incorporates the major theoretical categories described in over more than thirty year of research.1 After describing the model, we trace the history of the definition of the Good or Expert Language Learner (GLL), much of which involves defining the learning strategies he/she uses. Following this, we discuss the research methodology used to define the GLL and to isolate learning strategies, and finally, outline some current issues that need to be researched to extend our understanding of the model of the GLL.


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