Developing Language Learning Strategies in a Personal Learning Environment: Pilot Study

  • Katrin Saks
  • Äli Leijen
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8613)


English is indisputably the lingua franca of today’s globalizing world. Despite Estonians’ high proficiency in English, methods used in the teaching process have not supported the active use of language and have probably hindered communication. Advanced language learning strategies (LLS) have been found to be connected with higher language proficiency. The aim of the current study is to develop assignments within personal learning environments (PLE) for an English course promoting advanced LLS. The developed assignments were carried out by 28 first-year students studying Tourism English. Data was collected through pre- and post-testing. Additional data about the students’ learning experiences was collected with focus group interviews. The results of the study showed a significant improvement in compensation and social strategies. A significant relationship was found between compensation strategies and content knowledge. Further research should focus on reinforcing the assignments, especially regarding advancing the cognitive and metacognitive strategies.


language learning strategies personal learning environment language proficiency 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Katrin Saks
    • 1
  • Äli Leijen
    • 1
  1. 1.University of TartuTartuEstonia

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