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 while everyone obviously learns by using a combination of the senses, each person has a "dominant" style:
- Learn best through activities involving listening (lectures, discussions, tapes, songs, etc.);
- 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.