Relationship between the Usage of Language Learning Strategies and the Level of Proficiency in Learning Arabic Ab Initio

  •  Kamarulzaman Abdul Ghani    
  •  Mohammad Shiham Mahfuz    
  •  Abdul Jamir Md. Saad    
  •  Nik Mohd Rahimi Nik Yusoff    


This study was aimed to investigate the relationship between Language Learning Strategies (LLS) and the level of proficiency of students in Arabic Ab Initio language. There were also several studies done to investigate the achievement of students and their frequent usage of these Language Learning Strategies. Meanwhile, the level of student proficiency was measured by their results based on college-level exam results before they were registered in the Arabic Ab Initio classes. 162 year 1 students were selected randomly. These students were diverse in their courses ranging from Medicine, Engineering to Geology and Dentistry among others. This study used questionnaire as the main research tool to collect information on the use of language learning strategies. The questionnaire consisted of three parts, namely the demographic data, the Arabic Language Learning Strategies and motivation. The results showed that as a whole, the students had used language learning strategies at a moderate level. Metaphysics strategy was the most frequently used strategy. Also, it was found that high-achieving students used the language learning strategies more often and frequently as compared to other students of different proficiency. The Pearson test also showed that there was a significant positive correlation between Language Learning Strategies and the proficiency in the Arabic Ab Initio language.

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