As the literature has shown, multilingual language learners possess some advantages in third or multilingual language learning, one of which is the use of language learning strategies. However, the oversight of third language learners and multilingual learners in the U.S. results in a deficiency in the literature addressing third language acquisition (TLA) studies. Along with the increasing population of second/foreign language learners of Chinese in the U.S., the population of multilingual learners of Chinese should not be ignored in studies in language acquisition. This study was conducted to fill the literature gap, as well as to help educators understand multilingual learners of Chinese in the U.S. The explanatory sequential mixed methods were applied in this study to investigate the frequency distribution of language learning strategies used by American multilingual learners in learning Chinese, and to uncover the similarities and differences in language learning strategy use by looking at the (a) number of foreign languages studied, (b) year of foreign language study, and (c) satisfaction level with prior language learning experience with different prior language learning experiences. The modified Oxford‟s (2006) Strategy Inventory for Language Learning survey and a background questionnaire survey were administered in this study to collect the statistical data to answer the research questions. Also, an online focus group discussion was conducted to discover the possible reasons affecting the choice of language learning strategies used by multilingual adult learners of Chinese.
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