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.
Based in some cases on Neurolinguistic programming's (VAK) models (Visual learners, Auditory learners and Kinesthetic, or tactile, learners), it is argued that visual learners have a preference for texts and visual aids such as overhead slides, diagrams, handouts, etc.); that auditory learners learn best through activities involving listening (lectures, discussions, tapes, songs, etc.); and kinesthetic/tactile learners, while incorporating to a large extend the two previous styles, 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.