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'''Learning style''' refers to the many different learning experiences and preferences that [[student]]s bring to the [[class]]room.
 
'''Learning style''' refers to the many different learning experiences and preferences that [[student]]s bring to the [[class]]room.
  
Given the high emotional aspect of learning a foreign [[language]], especially as adults, finding out a student's particular learning style, together with the [[needs analysis]], can greatly contribute to the progress he or she will make.
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Given the high emotional aspect of [[learning]] a [[foreign language]], especially as adults, finding out a student's particular learning style, together with the [[needs analysis]], can greatly contribute to the progress he or she will make.
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Alternatively, simply finding out what subjects [[motivate]] and interest the student may work just as well.  
  
 
== VAK models ==
 
== VAK models ==
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===Visual learners===  
 
===Visual learners===  
*Have a preference for texts and [[visual aid]]s such as overhead slides, diagrams, [[handout]]s, etc.);  
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*Have a preference for texts and [[visual aid]]s such as [[PowerPoint]] presentations, overhead slides, diagrams, [[handout]]s, etc.);  
 
===Auditory learners===  
 
===Auditory learners===  
 
*Learn best through activities involving [[listening]] (lectures, discussions, tapes, songs, etc.);  
 
*Learn best through activities involving [[listening]] (lectures, discussions, tapes, songs, etc.);  
 
===Kinesthetic/tactile learners===
 
===Kinesthetic/tactile learners===
 
*Prefer to learn through direct experience, that is moving around, touching, hands-on activities (experiments, etc.), [[role play]]s and [[simulation]]s and in general being more active in their learning process.
 
*Prefer to learn through direct experience, that is moving around, touching, hands-on activities (experiments, etc.), [[role play]]s and [[simulation]]s and in general being more active in their learning process.
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==Multiple Intelligences==
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Another interpretation of learning style is based on the idea of [[Multiple Intelligences]]. According to this idea people have various intelligences such as musical intelligence, bodily-kinesthetic intelligence, spatial intelligence, interpersonal intelligence and so on.  Under this view teaching may be directed at the learner's strongest intelligence.
  
 
== See also ==
 
== See also ==
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*[[Principles of adult learning]]
 
*[[Principles of adult learning]]
 
*[[Teaching style]]
 
*[[Teaching style]]
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*[[Total Physical Response]]
  
 
== References ==
 
== References ==

Latest revision as of 05:57, 30 March 2012

Learning style refers to the many different learning experiences and preferences that students bring to the classroom.

Given the high emotional aspect of learning a foreign language, especially as adults, finding out a student's particular learning style, together with the needs analysis, can greatly contribute to the progress he or she will make.

Alternatively, simply finding out what subjects motivate and interest the student may work just as well.

VAK models[edit]

Based in some cases on Neurolinguistic programming's (VAK) models (Visual learners, Auditory learners and Kinesthetic, or tactile, learners), it is argued that while everyone obviously learns by using a combination of the senses, each person has a "dominant" style:

Visual learners[edit]

Auditory learners[edit]

  • Learn best through activities involving listening (lectures, discussions, tapes, songs, etc.);

Kinesthetic/tactile learners[edit]

  • Prefer to learn through direct experience, that is moving around, touching, hands-on activities (experiments, etc.), role plays and simulations and in general being more active in their learning process.

Multiple Intelligences[edit]

Another interpretation of learning style is based on the idea of Multiple Intelligences. According to this idea people have various intelligences such as musical intelligence, bodily-kinesthetic intelligence, spatial intelligence, interpersonal intelligence and so on. Under this view teaching may be directed at the learner's strongest intelligence.

See also[edit]

References[edit]


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