Low achievers and vocabulary learning strategies


  • Surina Nayan School of Education, Universiti Utara Malaysia,
  • Hariharan N Krishnasamy School of Education, Universiti Utara Malaysia,




language learning strategies, vocabulary learning strategies, low achievers, explicit vocabulary teaching


This is a conceptual paper on low achievers and vocabulary learning strategies. The paper focuses onwhat vocabulary is, its importance, types of vocabulary learning strategies, low achievers and theirvocabulary learning, the importance of explicit teaching of vocabulary learning strategies to lowachievers and also studies done on them. Low achievers need to be made aware of the existence of thesestrategies and employ them in their learning. This is because they have less motivation to learn Englishas they are weak in this subject. Learners should also be taught on these strategies explicitly so that theyare able to be autonomous in their learning. The knowledge on the strategies that they get will be helpfullater in the work place as they will encounter various types of vocabulary that are related to their job.The paper ends with the conclusion and recommendations on ways to help low achievers to enhance theirvocabulary knowledge. Keywords: language learning strategies, vocabulary learning strategies, low achievers, explicit vocabulary teaching


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