A Study of the Language Learning Strategies Used by Business Students at Asia-Pacific International University, Thailand

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Esther Hungyo

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The aim of this paper is to identify the use of learning strategies by freshman Thai Business students in their study of English at Asia-Pacific International University, Thailand. The two specific objectives were to determine whether Thai students used learning strategies in their language learning and to determine whether successful language learners use more strategies than less successful learners. The sample of the study involved 26 Thai Business students. The sample completed the Strategy Inventory for Language Learning (SILL), which consisted of thirty-three questions divided into six sub-strategies. The results obtained indicate that (a) the majority of the students were conscious of their use of strategies, (b) meta-cognitive strategies were commonly used, (c) strategies were used extensively by more successful language learners, and (d) appropriate use of strategies facilitated learners’ learning language.

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