Vocabulary Learning Strategies (VLS) in Learning Arabic for Beginners

Alias, Mohd Hazli and Yahaya, Mohd Firdaus and Nasir, Mohd Shahrizal and Mat Teh, Kamarul Shukri and Mat Saad, Khoirun Nisak and Mohmad Rouyan, Nurazan and Wahab, Zanirah Vocabulary Learning Strategies (VLS) in Learning Arabic for Beginners. In: International Conference Languages 2013, 16 - 17 December 2013, Boat Lagoon Resort, Phuket. (Submitted)

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Abstract

Mastery of vocabulary is very important in learning foreign language as it determines the level of students’ proficiency in the language of interest. Everybody acquires vocabulary from a combination of more than one learning strategies. Therefore, with this spirit in mind, this paper aims to examine vocabulary learning strategies used by students in learning Arabic vocabulary. The respondents were four first semester students, (three Muslims and one non-Muslim) from Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin who took Elementary Arabic I (UBA 3012) subject as part of graduation requirement. This study is qualitative in nature whereby the data was collected through semi-structured interviews. The findings suggested that throughout the semester, there are varieties of strategies employed by these students to master Arabic vocabulary with note-taking strategy and memory learning (rehearsal) dominating the acquisition process. It is also found that there is no significant difference on religious backgrounds involved in influencing the level of Arabic vocabulary acquisition. Based on these findings, this study suggests that the dominant strategies should be implemented in teaching and learning Arabic for beginners.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Keywords: Vocabulary Learning Strategies (VLS), learning Arabic, vocabulary acquisition, strategies, foreign language
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PI Oriental languages and literatures
Faculty / Institute: Faculty of Languages & Communication
Depositing User: Mohd Hazli Alias
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2014 01:52
Last Modified: 15 May 2014 07:44
URI: http://erep.unisza.edu.my/id/eprint/164

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