عنوان
An Analysis of Iranian EFL Learners’ Beliefs about the Role of Rote Learning in Vocabulary Learning Strategies
نویسنده (گان)
Hossein Shams Hosseini Department of English, Quchan Branch, Islamic Azad University, Quchan Iran
چکیده مقاله
The current study sets out to investigate Iranian EFL learners’ beliefs about the role of rote learning (RL) in vocabulary learning strategies. The focus of the study is Iranian EFL learners’ culturally-influenced beliefs about their preference for RL strategies as opposed to other memory strategies (MSs). Based on the literature, there is a widely held belief that Iranian EFL learners rely on RL and that they are passive learners. This study has three main aims: (1) to promote a concrete understanding of the concept of RL in the literature; (2) to explore Iranian EFL learners’ culturally-based beliefs about their preference for RL strategies; and (3) to offer guidance to EFL teachers/researchers who are interested in Iranian EFL learners’ memory strategy choice and use. The data for the study are obtained through three instruments---questionnaires, interviews and an English vocabulary test. The subjects are 100 Iranian learners in the English Department at a large University in the Northeast area of Iran. The data are analyzed using descriptive analysis, Kendall’s W, and triangulation. The main hypothesis is that Iranian EFL learners believe that RL strategies are preferable to other memory strategies for learning and memorizing vocabulary. They may hold positive beliefs about RL, because they consider RL strategies to be consistent with traditional Iranian culture and values.

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