A Cross-sectional Study of Oral Communication Strategies by Successful EFL Learners

Document Type : Research Paper


Higher Institute of Applied Languages and Computer Sciences, Béja, Tunisia


This paper reports on how top EFL students foster oral communication strategies (OCSs) throughout their 4-year English program at the university level. It is a cross-sectional study of 40 EFL learners enrolled in the Department of English, Faculty of Education, Taiz University, Yemen. Data were collected through a questionnaire based on Oxford’s Strategy inventory for language learning (SILL). The findings revealed that the respondents not only used listening and speaking strategies in Oxford’s inventory but also invented some other strategies to cope with their learning environment. It was also found that the more they advance in the EFL program, the more their strategic competence improves. The results confirm previous studies that high-achieving learners employ several OCSs which facilitate their success. These strategies are put forward to low-achieving learners so as to elevate their English learning.


  • Receive Date: 12 June 2018
  • Revise Date: 16 August 2018
  • Accept Date: 10 October 2018
  • First Publish Date: 10 October 2018