IJLLL 2021 Vol.7(4): 177-181 ISSN: 2382-6282
DOI: 10.18178/IJLLL.2021.7.4.308

A Study on English Learning Motivation and Vocabulary Learning Strategies of Excellent English Graduates

Jiali Wu and Jianguo Tian
Abstract—Vocabulary is the basic building block of language, and the acquisition of a language relies on vocabulary. In acquiring vocabulary, the adoption of vocabulary learning strategies is an important affecting factor. The relationship between vocabulary learning strategy and vocabulary knowledge has been the focus of researchers. Motivation also has a significant impact on language learning. The paper aims to explore excellent English graduates’ English learning motivation and vocabulary strategies. Two separate questionnaires are used to investigate different motivations and vocabulary learning strategies of English majors. In designing the motivation questionnaire, Gao Yihong’s questionnaire is used as a reference and in designing the vocabulary learning questionnaire, the paper mainly follows O’Malley and Chamot’s study. Through analysis, the study reveals the following findings: Firstly, with the least mean value exceeded 2.4, all kinds of vocabulary learning strategies were adopted by excellent English majors while learning vocabulary. Meta-cognitive (M=3.614035088) strategies and cognitive (M=3.633684211) strategies were preferred. Secondly, for the situation of learning motivations, situational motivations (M=3.858695652) were the highest. With the mean value of 3.432065217, instrumental motivations were the lowest motivation among the three types of motivations. Especially achievement motivation, it was the least held motivation by excellent English majors.

Index Terms—Vocabulary, learning strategies, English majors, motivation.

Jiali Wu and Jianguo Tian are with Northwestern Polytechnical University, China (e-mail: echowujiali@foxmail.com, tianjian@nwpu.edu.cn).

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Cite:Jiali Wu and Jianguo Tian, "A Study on English Learning Motivation and Vocabulary Learning Strategies of Excellent English Graduates," International Journal of Languages, Literature and Linguistics vol. 7, no. 4, pp. 177-181, 2021.

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