The Level of Use of The Language Learning Strategies of Syrian Refugee Students Learning Turkish as a Foreign Language

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Number of pages : 59-78

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The aim of this study is to examine the language learning strategy levels used by Syrian refugee students who learn Turkish as a foreign language in the context of various variables. The study group of the research consists of 306 Syrian refugee students who learn Turkish at İstanbul Aydın University TÖMER (Turkish and Foreign Language Research and Application Center). In the research, the screening model, which is one of the quantitative research patterns, was used. “Language Learning Strategy Inventory” developed by Oxford (1990) and adapted to Turkish by Boylu (2015) was used to determine the level of students' use of language learning strategies. As a result of the analysis, it was determined that female students use language learning strategies at a higher level than male students, and students in the 10-17 age group and C1 level students use language learning strategies better than students in other levels. It has been concluded that the residence time of students in Turkey has a positive effect on the levels of their use of language learning strategies. In general, it was determined that the students' scores for using language-learning strategies were 3.64. This result shows that refugee students use language-learning strategies at a high level. In this context, the high level of refugee students' usage of language strategies can be explained by the fact that they have to learn Turkish quickly and effectively to continue their lives and their education in Turkey.

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