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Remembering differently: Use of memory strategies among net-generation ESL learners.


Shakarami, Alireza and Abdullah, Mardziah Hayati and Abdullah, Mohd Faiz and Tan, Bee Hoon (2011) Remembering differently: Use of memory strategies among net-generation ESL learners. Educational Research and Review, 6 (4). pp. 350-357. ISSN 1990-3839


Net-generation learners are growing up in an era when much of the learning, communication, socializing and ways of working take place through digital means. Living in this digital era may result in different ways of thinking, ways of approaching learning, strategies, and priorities. The Net-Geners therefore, need new skills and new strategies to perform successfully as learners and workers. This study used a mixed-methods approach to identify whether one such strategy, that is, memorization strategy may have changed for the Net-Generation language learners. The researchers, first obtained quantitative data from 107 ESL tertiary language learners about their strategy use based on Oxford's (1989) widely used Strategy Inventory for Language Learning (SILL), currently considered the most comprehensive inventory. Data on strategy use was then procured using qualitative methods such as semi-structured interviews, Open-ended questionnaires, and texts of the respondents' online interaction in a language task. This latter set of data was analysed (i) to compare the qualitative data with the SILL data, and (ii) to identify possible emergent memory strategies among Net-Geners. The study found that memory strategies have not faded from repertoire of strategies for Net-Genres language learners, rather a set of modifications have emerged in terms of storage place, methods of storing information, retrieval system, and use of memory strategies for successful language learning.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Modern Language and Communication
Publisher: Academic Journals
Keywords: Remembering; Memory strategies; Net-generation; ESL.
Depositing User: Nur Farahin Ramli
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2013 07:58
Last Modified: 18 Feb 2016 04:29
URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/24309
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