International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

A Study of Factors Affecting College Students’ Use of ESL Vocabulary Learning Strategies
Wu, Lin-Fang

The purpose of this study is to investigate: How do learner variables, including language proficiency, motivation, effort ,and family background affect college students’ ESL vocabulary strategy use? Subjects in this study were around 450 first grade students at Fooyin University. Results of the study showed that the variable that had greatest effect on learners’ vocabulary strategy use was motivation. Another important factor affecting vocabulary strategy use was family background, including family involvement and years of study. Results of the study suggested that, teachers’ encouragement to the students for adopting the most useful and effective vocabulary learning approaches will definitely have a positive effect on students’ learning motivation and language performance.

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