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Article 72

This Article Volume 4 Issue 2

First published December 2014, doi : 10.7187/GJAT722014.04.02
Publisher Kolej Universiti Islam Sultan Azlan Shah, Perak, Malaysia.
 
استراتيجيات تعلم المفردات العربية لدى الناطقين بغيرها:
الجامعة الإسلامية العالمية بماليزيا نموذجا
Arabic Vocabulary Learning Strategies Among Non-native Speakers: A Case of IIUM
Nik Hanan Mustapha, Rabiatul Aribah Muhd Isa@Omar

Abstract
This study aims to investigate the vocabulary learning strategies used by Arabic learners of the International Islamic University Malaysia. It also compares between the Arabic and non-Arabic majoring students in the use of these strategies. The sample of this study was 248 university students from different level of studies. They answered a ‘Vocabulary Learning Strategies Questionnaire’ by Pavicic Takac (2008) which consisted of three different components: Formal strategies, self-initiated independent strategies and incidental strategies. Results indicated that Arabic learners used a variety of vocabulary learning strategies with translation being the most widely employed. No statically significant difference was found between the Arabic and non-Arabic majoring students. The findings provide support for helping the students to utilize their mother tongue in a fruitful way to learn new vocabularies, as well as training both groups equally on how to use these strategies efficiently.

Keywords: Vocabulary learning; Vocabulary learning strategies; Arabic learners; Translation; Memorization


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