Exploring Language Learning Strategies of Saudi EFL learners at Shaqra University, Saudi Arabia

Bilal Ayed Al-Khaza’le


Among the effective learning tools that enhance the L2 learning process, learning strategies are considered the most vital and essential techniques could be used by the learners for improving their L2 achievement. The current study explored the preferred language learning strategies for group of Saudi EFL learners in Shaqra University, Saudi Arabia. The sample of the study included 60 male undergraduate students enrolled in English department in 2019 academic session. The sample responded to the Strategy Inventory for Language Learning (SILL) questionnaire by Oxford. Results were analyzed using SPSS program. Findings showed that the sample used almost all strategies in an average level. The findings showed that social strategy was used most frequently by this group of students followed by metacogntive strategy. Both strategy categories used with high range according to Oxford scale. While the rest of the strategies fell in the average range, compensation, cognitive, affective, except for the memory strategy which was used with low range. Based on the findings of the study, it is implied that training programs are suggested in this case to explain to the students the importance of using all LLSs as much as possible without focusing on one particular strategies and neglecting the others.


Language Learning Strategies, L2 Learning Process, Strategy Inventory For Language Learning, Saudi Efl Learners, Shaqra University, Saudi Arabia

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