Use of language learning strategies: an investigation of the use pattern of language learning strategies of Bangladeshi learners and its correlation with the proficiency
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Study of Language Learning Strategies (LLS) suggests that frequent use of language learning strategies is related to successful language learning and language proficiency. Results of most of the research conducted in both the Western and Asian countries assert that proficient learners use particular strategies more frequently than the others and preference of the use of LLS is largely influenced by the cultural background. It has also been suggested to integrate the concept of LLS in the language lessons . Unfortunately, we do not have any information about the use of LLS patterns adopted by the Bangladeshi learners. To bridge the gap, this research has been conducted among 100 students of BRAC University with two different proficiency levels- high proficiency level (50 students) and low proficiency level (50 students). The study has yielded that (1) low proficiency students of our context use LLS more frequently than high proficiency students, (2) high proficiency students use compensation strategies more frequently than any other strategies, and (3) low proficiency students use social strategies more frequently than any other strategies. The findings of the study will have implications for both the researchers and language teachers of our country, especially who want to incorporate LLS in their lessons.