Project details


Foreign Language Learning Strategies and Achievement: Analysis of Strategy Clusters and Sequences

Project Identification:GAP407/12/0432
Project Period:1/2012 - 12/2014
Investor:link to a new windowCzech Science Foundation
Programme / Project Type:Standard Projects -
MU Faculty/Unit:
Faculty of Education
MU Investigator:Assoc. Prof. Mgr. et Mgr. Kateřina Vlčková, Ph.D.
Project Team Member:Mgr. Jarmila Bradová
Mgr. Klára Uličná, Ph.D.
Field:AM - Pedagogy and education (A - Social sciences)
Keywords:Foreign language learning, learning strategies, strategy sequences, strategy clusters, language skills, achievement.

The project is based on an analysis of problems of foreign language learning and instruction in the Czech Republic. Many pupils do not reach the expected language level even after many years of learning. The reason is not only the quality of instruction but also the learning strategies of pupils. More than two thirds of pupils reported not to be sure how to learn, and showed deciency in learning skills and strategy use. The project is based on the current state of art of learning strategies which shows that strategies do not exist separately but in sequences and clusters that have to be described and analysed in terms of their orchestration and quality of use. The aim of the project is 1) to introduce the concept of strategy sequences and clusters as theoretical construct, 2) to nd out the typical sequences and clusters of foreign language learning strategies and their relation to achievement in language situations and tasks, 3) to specify the relation of strategies and achievement in foreign language at the end of lower secondary (i.e. compulsory) education.