A comprehensive study of good college English learners' learning strategies in China

[Speaker] Zha, Dehua:1
[Co-author] Liu, Dianzhi:1
1:Soochow University (China (People's Republic of China))

This study adopted a comprehensive method (a mixed method of quantitative and qualitative research) to tentatively answer "how to learn English well", a big question frequently asked by Chinese students. The quantitative research revealed a significant correlation between English achievement and learning strategies and proved the necessity to summarize good English learning strategies. The qualitative analysis of interviews about good English learners' strategies generalized their comprehensive learning strategies. Following a grounded theory approach, it respectively encoded in three stages learning strategies for English listening, speaking, reading, writing and vocabulary. Finally a selective code of good English learners' comprehensive learning strategies was derived: listen more, speak more, read more, write more and recite more, to comprehend and learn English in real contexts. It coincides with the whole language approach and enlightens English teaching and autonomous learning.
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