Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 13. Number1.  March 2022                           Pp. 382- 393

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Vocabulary Learning Strategies in ESP Context: Knowledge and Implication 

Sahar M. Al Zahrani
English Language Centre
Umm Al-Qura university, Makkah, Saudi Arabia

Anjum Chaudhary
English Language Centre
Umm Al-Qura university, Makkah, Saudi Arabia
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Received:9/30/2021                                Accepted:2/13/2022                              Published: 2/24/2022


The present study aims to explore the knowledge level and preferences regarding vocabulary learning strategies (VLSs) among the EFL university students studying English for Specific Purposes (ESP) courses. It also investigates the impact of vocabulary learning strategies on EFL learners’ performance. A sample of twenty students from an intact class participated in the study. For data collection, a triangulated approach has been employed through the usage of a questionnaire, semi-structured interviews, together with classroom observations. Moreover, the cumulative percentage of scores in the pre-tests and post-tests has been incorporated to investigate the impact of vocabulary learning strategies. SPSS software is used to calculate the T-test value. The findings demonstrate that the implementation of various vocabulary learning strategies has a substantial impact on the performance of the English language learners within the context of an English for Specific Purposes classroom. The findings have pedagogical implications in the teaching and learning of vocabulary within the ESP context.
Keywords: EFL learners, ESP context, vocabulary learning strategies

Cite as:   Al Zahrani, S. M. &, Chaudhary, A. (2022). Vocabulary Learning Strategies in ESP Context: Knowledge and Implication.
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Received: 9/30/2021    
Accepted: 2/13/2022  
Published: 2/24/2022 

Sahar AL Zahrani is the Director of the English Language Centre at Umm Al Qura University. She is an Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics and ELT. She holds the degree of Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from the University of Southampton, UK. She has presented conference papers and has been publishing in learner autonomy, innovations in teaching, blended learning, MOOCs, and online instructional design.ORCHID ID-

Anjum Chaudhary is an Assistant Professor at the English Language Centre, Umm Al Qura University, Makkah. She got her doctorate degree in English (2005) from CCS University, India. Her research interests focus on Applied linguistics, ELT, Discourse analysis, and English Literature. She has presented papers at seminars and published articles in different international journals. ORCID ID-