Tangible insights on the strategizing of language learners and users

Andrew D. Cohen , Peter Yongqi Gu , Martha Nyikos , Luke Plonsky , Vee Harris , Pamela Gunning , Isobel Kai-Hui Wang , Mirosław Pawlak , Zoe Gavriilidou , Lydia Mitits , Julie M. Sykes & Xuesong (Andy) Gao
Language Teaching, 2023-04-20


This article presents reflections from 12 experts on language learners strategy (LLS) research. They were asked to offer their reflections in one of their domains of expertise, linking research into LLS with successful language learning and use practices. In essence, they were called upon to provide a review of recent scholarship by identifying areas where results of research had already led to the enhancement of learner strategy use, as well as to describe ongoing and future research efforts intended to enhance the strategy domain. The LLS areas dealt with include theory building, the dynamics of delivering strategy instruction (SI), meta-analyses of SI, learner diversity, SI for young language learners, SI for fine-tuning the comprehension and production of academic-level, grammar strategies at the macro and micro levels, lessons learned from many years of LLS research in Greece, the past and future roles of technology aimed at enhancing language learning, and applications of LLS in content instruction. This review is intended to provide the field with an updated statement as to where we have been, where we are now, and where we need to go. Ideally, it will provide ideas for future studies.
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