1999．第27卷第2期（Vol. 27 No. 2）．pp. 6581
An Investigation into the Beliefs and Strategies of Hong Kong Students in the Learning of English
Many speculations have been made concerning what contributes to success in learning L2. Two of the factors involved are the learner's opinions of what is important to success in learning L2 and the strategies they actually employ. This study is an investigation into the beliefs and strategies of Hong Kong students in learning English. It is an attempt to find out if there is any relationship between the two factors and whether they are related to language proficiency. The subjects under study included 529 Year One degree students at one of the tertiary institutions in Hong Kong, and the instrument for data collection was a questionnaire adapted from Wen (1993) based mainly on the three issues relevant to the language learning process discussed in Stern (1986; 1992). Findings of the study have revealed a consistent relationship between language learning beliefs and strategies as well as other complicated relationships between them. Moreover, language learning beliefs and strategies related to high English proficiency have been identified. These findings not only provide valuable information to Hong Kong teachers in improving their teaching, but also throw light on the three controversial issues put forward by Stern.