A Comparison of Turkish and Bosnian EAP Students’ Adoption of Language Learning Strategies

TitleA Comparison of Turkish and Bosnian EAP Students’ Adoption of Language Learning Strategies
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
JournalInternational Journal of Human and Behavioral Science
Volume2
Issue1
Publication Languageeng
AuthorsKovačević, E, Akbarov, A
Abstract

The number of the undergraduate Turkish students studying at universities in Bosnia and Herzegovina has increased over the past few years. They usually study at the universities where the language of instruction is English, namely International University of Sarajevo and International Burch University. This research explores the differences in the adoption of language learning strategies between Turkish and Bosnian university students learning English for Academic Purposes (EAP) in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In Fall 2015, one hundred and forty Bosnian (n=140) and ninety-two Turkish (n=92) freshman university students were surveyed with the Strategy Inventory for Language Learning ‒ SILL 7.0 (Oxford, 1990) at International University of Sarajevo. The results revealed statistically significant differences in the adoption of memory, cognitive, and affective strategies. The analysis revealed no statistically significant differences in the adoption of compensation, metacognitive, and social strategies. In addition, an independent T-test showed a statistically significant difference in the overall adoption of the SILL strategies. The results show that cultural background partly accounts for preferences over particular language learning strategy clusters.

DOI10.19148/ijhbs.32648