Forty yearsafter the first mention of language learning strategies, the study at handtakes a fresh and untraditional approach towards the analysis of learningstrategies. Instead of eliciting general trends from a large sample size, itconducts an in-depth investigation of the learning strategies applied by fiveEFL learners in cooperative open learning situations. A careful selection of anappropriate research environment and a mix of quantitative and qualitativeresearch methods foster a holistic perception of strategic learning situations.Learners as the agents of purposeful strategy application are at the centre ofstrategic learning and surrounded by a multitude of factors that influence them.These factors belong to a flexible and dynamic construct. They are engaged in continuousinteraction with each other and the learner at the core of the intricate systemto varying degrees. The current study examines single learning situations indepth in an effort to comprehend the mindboggling complexity that underliesstrategic behaviour in language learners.