Taking your students’ learning styles into consideration is a crucial part of effective lessons. Most language learners tend to learn visually or kinesthetically (see definitions below), though most teachers tend to teach in an auditory way. Culture, class, gender, and age often factor into learning styles.
There are a variety of different learning styles (six are listed below), but the three most common are auditory, visual and kinesthetic.
- Auditory learners learn by listening and speaking.
- Visual learners learn by observing or reading.
- Kinesthetic learners need to involve their whole body in learning.
- Tactile learners (like kinesthetic students) learn through touching and doing.
- Global learners are spontaneous and easily bored by a stagnant class structure.
- Analytic learners are detail-oriented. They learn best when information is presented sequentially.
It is important to consider your student’s style when you impart information and choose activities. Book activities may need revision based on your students’ needs.
Upper level students may find it interesting to take a learning style questionnaire, which also seconds as a language lesson. A multitude can be found on-line. A particularly useful one is the Learning Channel Preference Checklist which can be found on the internet. Teachers of lower level students would benefit from observing students with this checklist in mind in order to make wise and effective teaching decisions.
How have you modified activities to support your learner’s needs?