Language learner strategies and language competence: a case study in the Slovene
higher education area
The present article reports on the findings of a study conducted at the Faculty of
Maritime Studies and Transport, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. The aim of the
study was to confirm the findings of international studies in the Slovene higher
education area in relation to the correlation between language competence and language
learner strategy use. The first question that this study addresses is whether Slovene
higher education students at different levels of language competence differ in terms
of frequency of use of language learner strategies. The second question is which
learner strategies are more frequently used by Slovene higher education students
that had reached a high level of language competence before entering higher education.
Based on the findings, the paper suggests some language learner strategies for implicit
or explicit strategy based instruction.
Keywords: language learner strategies, strategy based instruction, language competence,
language for specific purposes, higher education.
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