Suitability of Language Learning Strategy Measurement: A Case Study

By Yuanfang Yu.

Published by The International Journal of Learning in Higher Education

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This study attempts to examine the suitability of the Strategy Inventory for Language Learning developed by Oxford (1990) for English speaking learners of foreign languages. The Strategy Inventory in question was used to collect the data. Data analysis was conducted using confirmatory factor analysis and exploratory factor analysis. Confirmatory factor analysis showed that the inventory did not have a good fit for the data in general, and had a poor fit for some strategy constructs in particular. In order to find a better measurement model for the study, exploratory factor analysis was employed. As a result, a four-factor model was more suitable for the data under investigation. The findings indicate that different patterns of latent structures of language learning strategies may be caused by learners’ different pedagogical cultures and target-languages in their foreign language learning. This study suggests that it is critical for future investigations to assess the suitability of the measurement model for any specific data of second language learning in general and language learning strategies in particular. It is also suggested that a standardized strategy measuring instrument be necessary for assessing language learning strategies in specific language and/or skill areas.

Keywords: Suitability of Measurement, Confirmatory Factor Analysis, Exploratory Factor Analysis

The International Journal of Learning in Higher Education, Volume 22, Issue 4, December, 2015, pp.65-77. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: June 29, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 696.973KB)).

Prof. Yuanfang Yu

Professor, Chinese section , Department of Modern Foreign Languages, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa