Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume l. 7 Number.1 March  2016                                             Pp.140 – 159

DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol7no1.10

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 Autonomy in Vocabulary Learning: Vocabulary Learning Strategies Teaching Programme for EFL Libyan Learners

 

 

Salma H M Khalifa
School of Education and Modern Languages
Universiti Utara Malaysia
006010 UUM Sintok, Kedah Darul Aman, Malaysia

 

Ahmad Affendi Shabdin
  School of Education and Modern Languages
Universiti Utara Malaysia
006010 UUM Sintok, Kedah Darul Aman, Malaysia

 

Abstract:
Can learner autonomy be promoted through programmed teaching? To answer this question, a model of teaching vocabulary learning strategies programme, designed to help English as a Foreign Language (EFL) learners acquire autonomy in vocabulary learning, was developed and tested through an experimental study conducted at a secondary school in Libya. The present paper discusses the results obtained from the study. The data was collected through pre-test/post-test, logbooks. The participating students were divided into two groups:  experimental group and control group. The experimental group students were taught new English vocabulary items along with teaching them the methods to enrich them further on their own, while the control group students were taught only new vocabulary items. Comparison of pre-test and post-test results showed that experimental group participants made considerable progress in achieving autonomy in vocabulary learning. The results obtained are highly significant in Libyan contexts where English is taught as a foreign language and students largely depend on classroom teaching and teachers’ support, which create problems for them in university level education. The findings of the study indicate that (i) learner autonomy can be induced; and (ii) autonomous learners acquire new vocabulary faster. The study was conducted at a small scale. The researcher suggests that if the same study is conducted at a larger scale, the results will hold better validity.
Key words: learner autonomy, programmed learning, self-directed learning, vocabulary teaching

Cite as: Khalifa, S. H. M., &  Shabdin, A. A. (2017). Autonomy in Vocabulary Learning: Vocabulary Learning Strategies Teaching Programme for EFL Libyan Learners?  Arab World English Journal, 8 (1).
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol7no1.10

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Dr Ahmad Affendi Shabdin is a senior lecturer at University Utara Malaysia. His current
research interest is in Second Language Acquisition and Vocabulary Testing. He conducts
lectures to post graduate students on language assessment and supervises PhD research on
vocabulary. He received his doctoral degree from Nottingham University