English Language Teaching Innovation from the Learning Strategies of High-performing Students in a Government University in Ayutthaya, Thailand

Abstract

This study aims to (1) investigate students’ English learning strategies, (2) analyze the learning strategies of high-performing students, and (3) construct innovative lesson plans based on successful learners. The purposive sample included 35 students majoring in English for International Communication who enrolled in 22 English-related subjects at Rajamangala University of Technology Suvarnabhumi. This study used a mixed-method research approach combining quantitative and qualitative methods. The two instruments were (1) a questionnaire and (2) focus group interview forms. They consisted of 50 items with six learning strategies: Memory, Cognitive, Compensation, Metacognitive, Affective and Social. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with five high-performing students. The research methods were (1) the questionnaire was filled out by the sample group (2) five high-performing students were selected for the focus group interviews, and (3) the findings from the interviews were utilized for the creation of the lesson plans. The data were statistically analyzed with mean and standard deviation values. The findings are: (1) students’ English learning strategies are Memory (x̄ = 3.55), Cognitive (x̄ = 3.86), Compensation (x̄ = 3.71), Metacognitive (x̄ = 4.28), Affective (x̄ = 3.6) and Social (x̄ = 3.7); (2) the learning strategies of high-performing students are memorizing new vocabulary as pictures and connecting them with the context, building up new vocabulary and expressions by watching online game casting, and joining social network sites such as Tinder, Hello Talk, etc.; and (3) the six lesson plans based on the successful learners are as follows: Exploring the world, Vlogging yourself, etc.



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Suwaree Yordchim, Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University, Thailand
Kantavee Wiengsima, Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University, Thailand
Rujika Thammalaksamee, Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University, Thailand

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Conference: IICEHawaii2020
Stream: Foreign Languages Education & Applied Linguistics (including ESL/TESL/TEFL)

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