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Researching ELT: Classroom Methodology and Beyond

Dincay Köksal

This book is an outcome of the 9th ELT Research Conference organised by Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University. The papers in this volume illustrate some of the key research interests and priorities for English language teaching in Turkey and provide significant insights into a range of contemporary issues and practices in the field. The papers present research focusing on issues in the areas of technology, learners, teacher training and post-graduate education, which have been gathered together in four sections, each section containing articles covering several different aspects of the topic in question.

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Learners’ Report of Strategy-Use at Self-Access Centers (Nihan Erdemir Şahbaz)


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Nihan Erdemir Şahbaz16

Gazi University, Turkey

Learners’ Report of Strategy-Use at Self-Access Centers

Abstract: This paper aims to investigate whether there is a difference between learners attending and not attending self-access centers (SACs) in using language learning strategies. In a language school, the questionnaire ‘SILL’ developed by Oxford (1990) was administered to one hundred eighty one learners of English to identify their preferences of strategies at SACs and outside SACs. Thirteen learners were interviewed to further understand their strategy use. The findings showed learners attending SACs reported to use learning strategies more frequently than learners not attending, and also to be better at using cognitive, metacognitive and compensation strategies at a significant level than learners not attending SACs. The paper also reported on the role of SACs on the development of autonomy by referring to learners’ use of learning strategies. In the light of the findings, the managers of self-access centers were suggested to help learners acquire a set of strategies that enhance autonomy.

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