A Preliminary Study on Learners’ Perception on Out of Class Autonomous Vocabulary Learning Strategies

  • Surina Nayan College of Arts and Sciences, School of Languages, Civilisation and Philosophy, Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM), 06010 Sintok, Kedah, Malaysia.
  • Rafizah Mohd Rawian College of Arts and Sciences, School of Languages, Civilisation and Philosophy, Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM), 06010 Sintok, Kedah, Malaysia.
Keywords: Autonomy, Learners’ perception, Vocabulary


The current study tries to explore learners’ perception of out of class autonomous vocabulary learning strategies.  The respondents were from one tertiary institution in Malaysia from the Diploma in Plantation and Industrial Management program.  Questionnaires were distributed via the google classroom platform to 30 students because of the covid 19 pandemic where classes were conducted online.  Data gathered were analysed using descriptive analysis based on percentages.  Online distance learning (ODL) has taken place during this pandemic.  Findings show the three most preferred ways to find meanings of the unknown words outside of class time are checking the meanings of the words, reviewing the new learnt words and encouraging themselves to speak in English using the words. On the other hand, the least preferred strategy is going to the access center or library or consulting online sources.  As the findings show, it is vital for learners to be autonomous since some courses will still be conducted on-line even when the cases of covid 19 reduce later.  By being autonomous learners will not depend a lot on lecturers and activities conducted in the classroom as time spent in the classroom is limited.


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How to Cite
Nayan, S. and Mohd Rawian, R. (2022) “A Preliminary Study on Learners’ Perception on Out of Class Autonomous Vocabulary Learning Strategies”, Malaysian Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities (MJSSH), 7(5), p. e001487. doi: 10.47405/mjssh.v7i5.1487.