The Use of Vocabulary Learning Strategies among Sudanese EFL Learners

Fatima Salaheldeen Ahmed Hamza, Mohamed Subakir Mohd Yasin, Ashinida Aladdin


Vocabulary learning strategies (VLSs) play a crucial role in vocabulary learning. For ESL or EFL learners, the lack of vocabulary knowledge in the target language may have an effect on the four language skills of EFL. The use of VLSs facilitates learners’ vocabulary learning process and helps them to become more self-directed. However, few studies have been conducted on the use of VLSs amongst by Sudanese EFL learners.  VLSs used in this pilot study are based on Schmitt’s (1997) taxonomy. The main purpose of this study is to explore the vocabulary learning strategies used by Sudanese EFL learners. In addition, it attempts to investigate which vocabulary learning strategy is the most frequently used by Sudanese EFL learners. Data collected via a questionnaire of (VLSs) were adapted from Al-Fuhaid (2004). Findings indicated that Sudanese EFL learners used a medium range of strategies. Discovery strategies were the most frequent strategies of the three demonstrated.


vocabulary learning, L2 vocabulary, L2 learning, vocabulary learning strategies, English as a foreign language

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