Vocabulary Learning Strategies: The Case of English for Business and Financial Reporting

https://doi.org/10.36892/ijlls.v3i3.701

Authors

  • Hélder Fanha Martins Lisbon Accounting and Business School / Lisbon Polytechnic Institute / Coomunication and Information Sciences Department
  • Maria João Ferro

Keywords:

Language acquisition, language learning strategies, vocabulary language strategies, English for Specific Purposes, English for Accounting, Administration and Reporting

Abstract

Among the essential challenges faced by students in foreign language learning processes is vocabulary learning. Lexical competence has been acknowledged as critical to the use of language in which the students’ inadequate knowledge of the vocabulary causes problems in learning a second language. Therefore, learners require being educated with vocabulary in learning strategies when learning a second language. Contemporary research has not scrutinised to the fullest the categories of strategies of vocabulary learning used by learners who are majoring in Accounting.  The main objective of this research was to understand how students use vocabulary learning strategies. For that, we adopted a qualitative approach, based on open-ended individual interviews with fifteen learners. The strategies that were concluded include the monolingual and bilingual dictionary use, usage of several media of English language, learning a word by specific texts, and application of new words in everyday conversation, interrelated to memory, strategies of metacognitive, and determination. These are common strategies and have keenly been used by students.

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Author Biographies

Hélder Fanha Martins, Lisbon Accounting and Business School / Lisbon Polytechnic Institute / Coomunication and Information Sciences Department

Dr. Hélder Fanha Martins is Full Professor at the Lisbon Accounting and Business School, Lisbon Polytechnic Institute (LABS-ISCAL), teaches and coordinates several courses, such as Business English, Legal English and Management Simulation Projects. Holding a PhD Education Sciences/Applied Languages from Nova University (UNL), Hélder Fanha Martins has been carrying out his research activities in the areas of Languages for Specific Purposes, Computer-Assisted Language Learning, Technical Translation and Terminology, and Information Systems applied to Organizations.

Maria João Ferro

Dr. Maria João Ferro is an Assistant Professor at the Lisbon Accounting and Business School, Lisbon Polytechnic Institute (LABS-ISCAL), where she teaches and coordinates several courses, including Business English, English for Finances, Portuguese for Foreign Students and Research Methodologies. She has a PhD in Linguistics and is a researcher at the Linguistics Research Centre of NOVA University Lisbon (CLUNL). Her main research interests are terminology, translation, languages for specific purposes, multilingualism and multiculturalism, and the economy of language.

Published

2021-10-07

How to Cite

Martins, H. F., & Ferro, M. J. (2021). Vocabulary Learning Strategies: The Case of English for Business and Financial Reporting. International Journal of Language and Literary Studies, 3(3), 316–330. https://doi.org/10.36892/ijlls.v3i3.701