Sevim Inal


This study explores the contribution of Contextual Guessing Strategy (CGS) to identify the meaning of unknown low-frequency words within the context, and to identify the habits of English language majoring students in employing CGS. The participants in this study are ninety-three male and female ELT students randomly selected. Data collection tools were a reading text and two questionnaires identifying three major areas. These are: 1. which sources students apply in the first instance to identify the meaning of unknown words, 2. which contextual clues they look for, and 3. how often these clues are employed to reveal the meaning of unknown words.

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