Tertiary Students’ Usage of Vocabulary Learning Strategies: A case study


  • Gurnam Kaur Sidhu Faculty of Education, SEGi University, Taman Sains Selangor, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
  • Nor Karina Mohamad Nor Faculty of Education, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia




Instructors often lament on students’ limited critical reading skills due to “vocabulary deficit.†Therefore, this study investigated the vocabulary size and vocabulary learning strategies of 120 ESL respondents in a tertiary institution in Malaysia. Data were collected using a vocabulary test, a questionnaire, and semi-structured interviews. The findings revealed that the most favoured strategies were “determination strategies†which reflected respondents’ usage of shallow thinking while least favoured were “cognitive strategies†that demanded higher-level mental processing. No significant difference was recorded in strategy use based on gender. No relationship was found between the respondents’ vocabulary size and vocabulary learning strategies.   

Keywords: tertiary students; vocabulary learning strategies; vocabulary size.   

eISSN: 2398-4287 © 2020. The Authors. Published for AMER ABRA cE-Bs by e-International Publishing House, Ltd., UK. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/). Peer-review under responsibility of AMER (Association of Malaysian Environment-Behaviour Researchers), ABRA (Association of Behavioural Researchers on Asians) and cE-Bs (Centre for Environment-Behaviour Studies), Faculty of Architecture, Planning & Surveying, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia.   
DOI: https://doi.org/10.21834/ebpj.v5iSI1.2318




How to Cite

Sidhu, G. K. ., & Mohamad Nor, N. K. . (2020). Tertiary Students’ Usage of Vocabulary Learning Strategies: A case study. Environment-Behaviour Proceedings Journal, 5(SI1), 181–185. https://doi.org/10.21834/ebpj.v5iSI1.2318

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