The Relationship between the Use of Language Learning Strategies and Teaching Methods: A Case of Iranian EFL Learners

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Firooz Sadighi
Nasrin Kukabi


This study examines the relationship between the use of language learning strategies and the teaching methods used by EFL teachers in their classrooms. Towards this goal, a standard proficiency test, the Oxford Placement Test (Allan, 1985) and the Strategy Inventory for Language Learning (SILL, Oxford, 1986-1990) were administered to 120 intermediate and advanced learners from two institutes in Shiraz that teach their students audio-lingually and communicatively. The results revealed that the order of the application of the strategies among the audio-lingual group (AL) and the communicative group (CA) was the same, excluding memory and affective strategies. Furthermore, comparing the means of the strategies employed by the two groups showed some inter-group variations among the students’ use of these strategies. Implications and conclusions were included.

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Sadighi, F., & Kukabi, N. (2006). The Relationship between the Use of Language Learning Strategies and Teaching Methods: A Case of Iranian EFL Learners. HOW Journal, 13(1), 47-63. Retrieved from
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Firooz Sadighi, Shiraz University

Firooz Sadighi. Dr Sadighi received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1982. His research areas include syntax, semantics, second language acquisition and psycholinguistics. He has taught several courses in the above related areas to both M.A. and Ph.D. students at the Department of Foreign Languages and Linguistics. He has published several articles in local and international magazines. He has also published books in the area of reading used by the university students across the country. Several M.A. theses and Ph.D. dissertations have been supervised by him.

Nasrin Kukabi, Azad University

Nasrin Kukabi. She received her MA degree in TEFL in 2003. Presently she is teaching English at the English Department of Islamic Azad University in Arsanjan, Iran.


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