The Development of Language Learning Strategies

Kirsch, Claudine. 2011. The Development of Language Learning Strategies. Education 3-13, 40(4), pp. 379-399. ISSN 0300-4279 [Article]

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This article discusses the strategy repertoires and strategy development of six English children who learned foreign languages at primary school. My study differs from mainstream research in that it focuses on young children and on the development of their strategies, draws on sociocultural theory and uses ethnographic methods.
My findings show that the six children developed a range of strategies over the course of a calendar year in spite of receiving no direct strategy instruction. The primary classroom encouraged learner autonomy and stimulated children to reflect on their learning which, in turn, enabled them to refine their strategies.

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