Strategy Inventory for Language Learning (SILL)


This form of the Strategy Inventory for Language Learning (SILL) is for students of English as a second or foreign language. You will find statements about learning English. Please read each one and write the response (1, 2, 3, 4 or 5) that tells HOW TRUE OF YOU THE STATEMENT IS on the worksheet for answering and scoring.

1.        Never or almost never true of me. 

2.        Usually not true of me.                 

3.        Somewhat true of me.                   

4.        Usually true of me.                       

5.        Always or almost always true of me.

NEVER OR ALMOST NEVER TRUE OF ME means that the statement is very rarely true of you.

USUALLY NOT TRUE OF ME means that the statement is true less than half the time.

SOMEWHAT TRUE OF ME means that the statement is true of you about half the time.

USUALLY TRUE OF ME means that the statement is true more than half the time.

ALWAYS OR ALMOST ALWAYS TRUE OF ME means that the statement is true of you almost always.

Answer in terms of how well the statement describes you. Do not answer how you think you should be, or what other people do. There are no right or wrong answers to these statements. Work as quickly as you can without being careless. This usually takes about 20-30 minutes to complete. If you have any questions, let the teacher know immediately.


Part A

1.           I think of relationships between what I already know and new things I learn in English.

2.           I use new English words in a sentence so I can remember them.

3.           I connect the sound of a new English word and an image or picture of the word to help me remember the word.

4.           I remember a new English word by making a mental picture of a situation in which the word might be used.

5.           I use rhymes to remember new English words.

6.           I use flashcards to remember new English words.

7.           I physically act out new English words.

8.           I review English lessons often.

9.           I remember new English words or phrases by remembering their location on the page, on the board, or on a street sign.


Part B

10.      I say or write new English words several times.

11.      I try to talk like native English speakers.

12.      I practice the sounds of English.

13.      I use the English words I know in different ways.

14.      I start conversations in English.

15.      I watch English TV shows spoken in English or go to movies spoken in English.

16.      I read for pleasure in English.

17.      I write notes, messages, letters, or reports in English.

18.      I first skim an English passage (read over the passage quickly) then go back and read carefully.

19.      I look for words in my own language that are similar to new words in English.

20.      I try to find patterns in English.

21.      I find the meaning of an English word by dividing it into parts that I understand.

22.      I try not to translate word-for-word.

23.      I make summaries of information that I hear or read in English.


Part C

24.      To understand unfamiliar English words, I make guesses.

25.      When I can think of a word during a conversation in English, I use gestures.

26.      I make up new words if I do not know the right ones in English.

27.      I read English without looking up every new word.

28.      I try to guess what the other person will say next in English.

29.      I can think of an English word, I use a word or phrase that means the same thing.


Part D

30.      I try to find as many ways as I can to use my English.

31.      I notice my English mistakes and I use that information to help me do better.

32.      I pay attention when someone is speaking English.

33.      I try to find out how to be a better learner of English.

34.      I plan my schedule so I will have enough time to study English.

35.      I look for people I can talk to in English.

36.      I look for opportunities to read as much as possible in English.

37.      I have clear goals for improving my English skills.

38.      I think about my progress in learning English.


Part E

39.      I try to relax whenever I feel afraid of using English.

40.      I encourage myself to speak English even when I am afraid of making a mistake.

41.      I give myself a reward or treat when I do well in English.

42.      I notice if I am tense or nervous when I am studying or using English.

43.      I write down my feelings in a language learning diary.

I talk to someone else about how I feel when I am learning English.


Part F

45.      If I do not understand something in English, I ask the other person to slow down or say it again.

46.      I ask English speakers to correct me when I talk.

47.      I practice English with other students.

48.      I ask for help from English speakers.

49.      I ask questions in English.

I try to learn about the culture of English speakers.