IJLLL 2015 Vol.1(1): 1-5 ISSN: 2382-6282
DOI: 10.7763/IJLLL.2015.V1.1

Comparison of English Vocabulary Learning Strategies for Good and Weak Learners at King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang

Khanadee Rojananak and Jirapa Vitayapirak
Abstract—The purposes of this study were to find out the vocabulary learning strategies that the second year students of King’s Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Lakrabang commonly use and compare the vocabulary learning strategies between good and weak students. The sample was 356 second-year students in 9 faculties: Engineering, Architecture, Industrial Education, Science, Agribusiness Administration, Agricultural Industry, Information Technology, Nanomaterial Engineering, and Management Technology. The research instrument used in collecting the data were a five-point Likert scale questionnaire adopted from Schmitt’s taxonomy for vocabulary learning strategies. The quantitative data were analyzed using the descriptive statistics of arithmetic mean and standard deviation, and independent sample t-test. The results of the study revealed that English vocabulary learning strategies that the second year students commonly use is using an English-Thai dictionary ( = 2.86), strategies that good students use is guessing the meaning from context ( = 3.32) whereas strategies that weak students use is asking their classmates for the meaning ( = 2.85). The result from Independent sample t-test showed statistical significant difference between good and weak students (p=0.00**). This study confirmed earlier reported findings that good language learners are heavily dependent on bilingual dictionaries for their English vocabulary learning.

Index Terms—Vocabulary, learning strategies, good learners, weak learners, Thai.

Khanadee Rojananak is with the Dept. Applied Linguistics (English for Science and Technology), King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang, Thailand (e-mail: nady-2513@hotmail.com).
Jirapa Vitayapirak is with the Division of Applied Arts (English), Faculty of Industrial Education, King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang, Thailand (e-mail: kvjirapa@kmitl.ac.th).

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Cite:Khanadee Rojananak and Jirapa Vitayapirak, "Comparison of English Vocabulary Learning Strategies for Good and Weak Learners at King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang," International Journal of Languages, Literature and Linguistics vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 1-5, 2015.

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