International Journal of Applied Linguistics

Skip to Search

Skip to Navigation

Volume 13 Issue 1 (June 2003), Pages 1-157

Sex differences in L2 vocabulary learning strategies (pages 54-77)

This article reports the results of a descriptive study on sex differences in the use of a second language. A questionnaire was administered to 581 Spanish‐speaking students learning Basque and English as L2 (279 males and 302 females) in order to answer these questions: Do male and female second language learners differ in (1) the number and (2) the range of vocabulary strategies they use? The results show that they differ significantly in the number of strategies used. Regarding the range of vocabulary strategies, 8 out of the 10 most frequent strategies are shared by males and females. However, a close analysis of the data also reveals differences, such as females’ greater use of formal rule strategies, input elicitation strategies, rehearsal strategies and planning strategies, and males’ greater use of image vocabulary learning strategies. In addition, the females’ total strategy usage percentages are higher than the males’, which points to either different perceptions of vocabulary learning behaviors or different patterns of vocabulary strategy usage for males and females.

Add This link

Bookmark and Share>