Hong Kong Undergraduates’ Strategy Use in Academic Vocabulary Learning: A Mixed-Methods Study (73259)

Session Information: Higher Education
Session Chair: Jayson Barlan

Friday, 24 November 2023 09:00
Session: Session 1
Room: Room 604
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

Knowledge of core academic vocabulary is crucial for achieving success in higher education. Despite its importance, however, this type of vocabulary is not typically taught in subject area courses at university. Therefore, it becomes the responsibility of college students to take the initiative and adopt different strategies to learn new academic-oriented words. Although many researchers have investigated the vocabulary learning strategies used by university learners of English, very few studies have focused on the specific strategies they employ for learning academic vocabulary or how the students’ choice of strategy is related to their proficiency level and academic discipline. Accordingly, this presentation reports on a mixed-methods study investigating the strategies adopted for academic vocabulary learning by 172 first-year undergraduates at a Hong Kong university based on responses to a questionnaire and in-depth semi-structured interviews with 22 students. Findings revealed that the student participants preferred using oral repetition, dictionaries, guessing at unfamiliar words, and metacognitive and note-taking strategies. However, they rarely set goals, used wordlists or adopted other strategies for learning academic vocabulary. Further, their choice of strategy appeared to be related to their proficiency level, academic discipline, language learning experience, and beliefs about academic vocabulary learning. Pedagogical implications and directions for future research are discussed.

Edsoulla Chung, Hong Kong Metropolitan University, Hong Kong

About the Presenter(s)
Dr Edsoulla Chung is a University Assistant Professor/Lecturer at Hong Kong Metropolitan University in Hong Kong

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Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00