VietTESOL International Convention, VietTESOL International Convention 2019

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Lessons from Excellent Non-English Major Students
Trang Nguyen Thu Hoang

Building: Library
Room: D304
Date: 2019-10-12 10:10 AM – 10:40 AM
Last modified: 2019-09-20

Abstract


In the trend of the new honor program in which non-English major students at university are required to acquire B2 according to Common European Framework of Reference for Languages within few classroom hours (10 credits), teachers of English are under the pressure of boosting their learners’ language levels. Thus, this study aims at investigating factors that help learners succeed in all or certain language skills. At the end of two academic years, an open-ended questionnaire was delivered to 12 students who are judged by their teachers of English as getting C1 in a certain aspect of English like speaking or pronuciation. Semi-structured interviews were also conducted with five of these students, lasting from 30-75 minutes as well as with two of their teachers, from 15-30 minutes. Results from the content analysis of their answers indicates that though all of the learners started learning English with extrinsic learning perpuses, most of them clearly show their love for this language, use of it in their present lives, and recognition of its roles in their future academic, professional and personal lives. Though there is some variation in traditional and non-traditional beliefs between and even within the language learners, their interests, persistence and socially-situated language learning strategies have valuable lessons for other language learners and practitioners.


Keywords


language learning strategies; non-English major students