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Metacognitive strategies in young learners of English


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Kolarić, Lucija. (2017). Metacognitive strategies in young learners of English. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of English Language and Literature. [mentor Letica Krevelj, Stela].

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The first part of this paper gives a theoretical overview of language learning strategies, with an emphasis on metacognitive language learning strategies. Metacognitive strategies are methods used to help learners understand the way they learn; processes learners use to think about their own thinking. As they become aware of how they learn, learners will use metacognition in order to efficiently acquire new information, and consequently, become more independent in their learning. The second part of this paper consists of a study into young learners’ language learning strategies when it comes to English as a second language, with special attention given to metacognitive language learning strategies. A sample of 15 learners was used in order to find out whether young learners use metacognitive strategies in learning new vocabulary in English. The data was elicited by a task that examined the usage of metacognitive language learning strategies, which included a think-aloud protocol followed by a semi-structured interview. The results show that young learners have an awareness of language learning processes and strategies, but do not always know how to use it in order to improve their learning.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: ESL, metacognition, metacognitive strategies, young learners
Subjects: English language and literature
Departments: Department of English Language and Literature
Supervisor: Letica Krevelj, Stela
Date Deposited: 23 May 2017 08:23
Last Modified: 23 May 2017 08:23

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