Date of Award

1-1-2005

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

Faculty

Faculty of Community Services, Education and Social Sciences

First Advisor

Associate Professor Rhonda Oliver

Second Advisor

Dr Danielle Brady

Third Advisor

Dr Susan Hill

Abstract

The purpose of this research is to explore the learning strategies used by Botswana students acquiring English as a second language. It also examines whether the choice of strategies is affected by the factors of different age/level of education, proficiency and gender. The research also explores whether the students’ self-efficacy beliefs correlated with their use of language learning strategies. Specifically this research examined the types of strategies used by primary, secondary and tertiary students. It also examined the types of strategies used by the students deemed by their teachers to have good, fair or poor levels of English proficiency. The research also compared the strategies used by females and males. Next, this study explored the relationship between self-efficacy beliefs, the factors of age/level of education, proficiency and gender, and use of language learning strategies.

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