Universal Journal of Educational Research Vol. 8(2), pp. 591 - 604
DOI: 10.13189/ujer.2020.080231
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Language Learning Strategies, Motivation and Gender in Foreign Language Context


Ranjeeva Ranjan 1,*, Andrew Philominraj 2
1 Department of Research and Graduate Studies, Universidad Católica del Maule, Chile
2 Faculty of Education, Universidad Católica del Maule, Chile

ABSTRACT

The research in the field of language learning highlights two major paradigm shifts in the past few decades. First, the shift is from teacher-centered learning to learner-centered teaching and second related to learning processes through which learning occurs. In this second shift, research carried out in the field of language learning strategies (LLS) has amplified in the last few decades wherein the question of how the learners deal with their learning process by employing various kinds of learning strategies is being investigated systematically. This research article focuses on the profiles of learning strategies used by Indian students in learning Spanish as a foreign language, motivational orientations and gender aspect in using learning strategies. The participants (N=65) at two major universities teaching full-time Spanish courses at the undergraduate level were selected for the present research. It was found that the participants used social and metacognitive strategies the most and the memory strategies the least. The participants with interest in academic career chose to learn Spanish and the students with extrinsic motivation reported using learning strategy with higher frequency and there was no significant difference in the use of strategy concerning gender. In the end, conclusions are drawn and future area of research is suggested for researchers.

KEYWORDS
Motivation, Language Learning Strategies, Foreign Language; Metacognitive, Gender

Cite this paper
Ranjeeva Ranjan , Andrew Philominraj . "Language Learning Strategies, Motivation and Gender in Foreign Language Context." Universal Journal of Educational Research 8.2 (2020) 591 - 604. doi: 10.13189/ujer.2020.080231.