Vocabulary Learning Strategies: The Case of English for Business and Financial Reporting

Hélder Fanha Martins, Maria João Ferro

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Abstract

Among the essential challenges faced by students in foreign language learning processes is vocabulary learning. Lexical competence has been acknowledged as critical to the use of language in which the students’ inadequate knowledge of the vocabulary causes problems in learning a second language. Therefore, learners require being educated with vocabulary in learning strategies when learning a second language. Contemporary research has not scrutinised to the fullest the categories of strategies of vocabulary learning used by learners who are majoring in Accounting. The main objective of this research was to understand how students use vocabulary learning strategies. For that, we adopted a qualitative approach, based on open-ended individual interviews with fifteen learners. The strategies that were concluded include the monolingual and bilingual dictionary use, usage of several media of English language, learning a word by specific texts, and application of new words in everyday conversation, interrelated to memory, strategies of metacognitive, and determination. These are common strategies and have keenly been used by students.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)316-329
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Language and Literary Studies
Volume3
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Oct 2021

Keywords

  • Portugal
  • Language acquisition
  • Language learning strategies
  • Vocabulary language strategies
  • English for Specific Purposes
  • English for Accounting
  • Administration and Reporting

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