Strategies of Successful English Language Learners

Cynthia Ayu Purnomo, Gunarso Susilohadi, Dewi Sri Wahyuni


This article is aimed at reporting the research findings about learning problems and strategies used by a successful EFL learner although she has unfortunate conditions. The research was carried out in a high school in Boyolali. The sample of the research was one successful EFL learner with unfortunate conditions. Document analysis was based on learning achievements in Senior High School. It was used to determine the sample of the research. Meanwhile, in-depth interviews and observations were used to collect data about problems and strategies of the learner. The interviews were done with the learner, her English teachers, friends and parent. Data reduction, data display, conclusion drawing and verification were used to analyze the data. The analysis result shows that the learner uses some effective strategies for either solutions of problem or skills improvement. Besides, it can be seen that although the learner has some unfortunate conditions that may impede her to attain learning achievements in the EFL context, she shows that she is able to overcome her problems through strategy uses and become a successful EFL learner.



learning problem; learning strategy; successful EFL learner; unfortunate condition

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