Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 13. Number1.  March 2022                                     Pp.285- 299

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Omani EFL Learners` Vocabulary Learning Strategies

Behnam Behforouz
English Language Center, University of Technology and Applied Sciences
Shinas, Oman
Corresponding Author:

Ali Al Ghaithi
Foundation Department, Sohar University, Oman


Received: 1/5/2022                              Accepted:  3/3/2022                             Published:3/24/2022


The knowledge of vocabulary can be considered the main factor of understanding the context in learning a foreign or second language process. This can be seen clearly in international exams such as TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and IELTS (International English Language Testing Sysytem). This research aims to analyze the vocabulary learning strategies of 42 Omani EFL learners and measure the effect of gender in strategy selection among them. To collect the information, a questionnaire regarding VLS (Vocabulary Learning Strategy) was distributed among college EFL learners, and the paper results revealed insignificant relation between gender with vocabulary learning strategies. Determination strategies, among all other strategies, received the highest ranking among the users, while social strategies were at the bottom of the list. Omani colleges and universities are using English as the medium of instruction, so the current study can help the syllabus designers and teachers deal with the psycholinguistic level of books, materials, teaching methods, and strategies appropriately. To gain a more comprehensive map of learning strategies all over Oman, it can be suggested that a network of researchers try to distribute the questionnaire among all Omani EFL learners through some random sampling, and results can be beneficial for future analysis of the psycholinguistics map of the education in Oman.
Keywords: Gender, EFL learners, Oman, Vocabulary learning strategies, Psycholinguistics

Cite as:  Behforouz, B., & Al Ghaithi, A. (2022). Omani EFL Learners` Vocabulary Learning Strategies.
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Received: 1/5/2022  
Accepted: 3/3/2022
Published: 3/24/2022   

Behnam Behforouz is an English Language lecturer at University of Technology and Applied Sciences in Shinas, Oman. His area of interests are TESOL, Classroom-Based research, and Language Education.
ORCID: 0000-0002-0078-2757

Ali Al Ghaithi is currently working as an English lecturer at Sohar Univerity in Oman. He has a master’s degree in Applied Linguistics from the University of Putra Malaysia. His field of interest is Computer-Assisted Language Learning.
ORCID: 0000-0002-9653-508X