Application of Metacognitive Strategies in English Study by Chinese Engineering Postgraduates

Li MA, Yucui WANG


Metacognition is people’s cognition about their own cognitions. Advanced or experienced learners are conscious of monitoring and controlling their own learning process. In academic domains, teachers have been interested in the role of metacognition plays in self-regulated learning. This study aims at understanding the application of metacognitive strategies in English study among Chinese engineering postgraduates, and the relations between the use of metacognitive strategies and students’ English competence. The method we used includes questionnaire and interview, with the data collected and analyzed by SPSS 19.0. The results of the survey indicate that among engineering postgraduates investigated, metacognitive strategies are not widely applied. Besides, evidence shows that there is a positive relation between students’ metacognitive ability and their English competence.


Metacognition; English study; Engineering postgraduates

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