Study strategies of Hong Kong University students in a self-access language centre

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Study strategies of Hong Kong University students in a self-access language centre


Author: Lai, Lai-kwan
Title: Study strategies of Hong Kong University students in a self-access language centre
Degree: Ph.D.
Year: 2002
Subject: Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
English language -- Study and teaching (Higher) -- China -- Hong Kong
Study skills -- China -- Hong Kong
College students -- China -- Hong Kong
Department: Dept. of English
Pages: ix, 324 leaves : ill. ; 30 cm
Language: English
Abstract: The perceptions and beliefs about study strategies of Hong Kong university students in a self-access language centre were examined in this study. Twenty undergraduate students at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University were the main study participants. These students were interviewed in the investigation of how their perceptions and beliefs influenced their study strategies. Data were analysed using a qualitative approach. The emergent themes derived from the data show the study strategies employed by the students as in their different grouping orientations (individual learners versus group learners), their use of materials and tutor support. The findings give evidence that the majority of the students had a preference for group-learning activities. The results also show that group learners took the initiative in accessing tutor support while individual learners seemed reluctant. Interestingly, individual learners tended to use more materials, which perhaps reflects that they were more comfortable in using material support in substitution for peer/tutor support. Findings indicate a need to provide students with a learner-training programme so they can have a knowledge-base related to their self-access study. Providing such training may require more self-access trained tutors to better cater for the needs of students. There is also a need to change the physical design of a self-access centre, which is originally designed for individual-based learning, to better cater for both individual learning and group learning needs. Also, the notion of study strategies in the self-access contexts needs to be further explored.

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