Educational Research and Reviews

  • Abbreviation: Educ. Res. Rev.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1990-3839
  • DOI: 10.5897/ERR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 2009

Full Length Research Paper

Language learning strategies and styles among Iranian engineering and political science graduate students studying abroad

Shakarami Alireza* and Mardziha H. Abdullah
English Department, Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication, University Putra Malaysia, P. O. Box. 43300, Selangor, Malaysia
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 28 December 2009
  •  Published: 28 February 2010



Language learning strategies are used with the explicit goal of helping learners improve their knowledge and understanding of a target language. They are the conscious thoughts and behaviors used by students to facilitate language learning tasks and to personalize language learning process. Learning styles on the other hand, are “general characteristics of intellectual functioning that pertain to you as individual and differentiate you from some one else “. For example some learners may be more visually oriented while some other learners are more auditory oriented, some might be more tolerant of ambiguity, but some others may not. The present study tried to find out language learning strategies employed by some Iranian post graduate students studying abroad (non language major) in their foreign language learning process taking into account their general learning styles and disciplines. It used Joy Reid perceptual leaning style test and Oxford SILL as well as in depth interviewing to work out the respondents learning styles and strategies respectively trying to find out the general pattern of their language learning. 


Key words: Language Learning, strategies, styles, disciplines, ESL