Questionnaire instrumentation for strategic vocabulary learning in the Swedish as a second language learning context

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Richard LaBontee


This article reports on the final round of piloting for a questionnaire instrument created and designed with the intention of collecting self-report data on adult, beginner Swedish L2 learners’ use of vocabulary learning strategies. The Swedish Vocabulary Learning Strategy Survey (SVLSS) version 1.2 is distributed to 182 participants studying Swedish at institutes of higher learning in Sweden. The collected data set is subject to exploratory factor analysis to explore initial interpretations of the underlying constructs of the instrument, and analyzed for content validity and internal consistency. Readability and accessibility of the instrument is also addressed. Initial findings and interpretations are used to guide the development of a preliminary VLS taxonomy for the SVLSS, as well as suggest and perform revisions that will result in the SVLSS 2.0.


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LaBontee, R. (2019). Questionnaire instrumentation for strategic vocabulary learning in the Swedish as a second language learning context. Studies in Second Language Learning and Teaching, 9(2), 313-348.
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Richard LaBontee, Gothenburg University

Richard LaBontee completed his MSc in applied linguistics and second language acquisition at the University of Oxford, UK in 2012. He then taught and performed research at Niigata University of International and Information Studies, Japan before being brought on as a doctoral candidate at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, in Swedish as a second language in 2014. After receiving his doctoral degree in second language acquisition, he now works as an academic English language supervisor at the University of Gothenburg and maintains research interests in language learning strategies and vocabulary acquisition.

Contact details: Göteborgs Universitet, Institutionen för svenska språk, 405 30, Gothenburg, Sweden (


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