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"To be or not to be" metacognitive: learning EFL strategically

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posted on 2012-06-01, 00:00 authored by Indika LiyanageIndika Liyanage, B Bartlett, G Birch, T Tao
The present study is an off-shoot of a larger project, in which a significant statistical relationship was observed between learner variables of a large sample (n=1440) of Chinese Learners of English as a Foreign Language and their reported use of Language Learning Strategies. In this article, we report the use of a combination of metacognitive strategies, namely selective attention, organisational planning and self-management in two different learning contexts (in-class and out-of-class) as an investigation of the perceived usefulness of this combination in these contexts. An analysis of the listening and speaking tasks that students face both in and outside the classroom revealed considerable variation, notably with more use of the metacognitive strategies reported for speaking and listening when both were undertaken out-of-class. In addition, variation was reported along gender lines. These outcomes are elaborated with implications for the teaching and learning of speaking and listening of English in China.

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Journal

Electronic journal of foreign language teaching

Volume

9

Issue

1

Pagination

5 - 25

Publisher

National University of Singapore

Location

Singapore

eISSN

0219-9874

Language

eng

Publication classification

C Journal article; C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2012, Centre for Language Studies

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