“Without grammar, very little can be conveyed. Without vocabulary, nothing can be conveyed” (Wilkins 1972:111).
“Vocabulary is central to language and of critical importance to the typical language learner” (Zimmerman 1997:5). Lack of vocabulary knowledge will result in lack of meaningful communication.
The main benefit that can be obtained from all learning strategies is autonomy, students can take charge of their own learning (Nation, 2001:222) and gain independence and self-direction.
Nation (2001:222) believes that a large amount of vocabulary can be acquired with the help of vocabulary learning strategies and that the strategies prove useful for students of different language levels.
The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (2001:107-108) also acknowledges the role of learning strategies (study skills).