Learners and Learning Styles

In a previous post about learning styles, a colleague posted a link to a very interesting video which looks at learning styles theory from a more scientific angle. It focuses very much on proving or disproving the theory and tests which can be used to this end. Here it is:

However, I think the theory really needs to be looked at from the learners perspective – how does the learner process new information, regardless of how it is presented to them. So, here’s my response video:

So, what do you make of it all? Comment below please.

3 thoughts on “Learners and Learning Styles

  1. I think the first video has been designed for a particular audience i.e. people who know about these things (like ELT professionals) and it’s just bringing it together to make a point. Russ Mayne who tweets on @ebefl and is well-known in the ELT industry, has a presentation video on IATEFL where he makes a similar point and assumes the audience already know a lot about the topic.

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  2. The initial video does not seem to be very accurate: it does not inform us about the research, the groups, the experiments, the findings, etc. To me, it sounded as an individual person’s belief on a particular matter.
    As a language learner, I believe that the VAK model applies to the channel through which the learner’s stimuli are activated. Therefore, it is essential that teachers present TL in varied ways so as to achieve maximum activation of the learners’ stimulation channels.

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  3. If you’ve done most of your language learning through looking at words and reading the written form, then most of your associations for a particular word will be based on that written form. Let’s say 9 instances of reading it, vs. 1 instance of hearing it. So, you’re more likely to successfully recall it and make the connection to the meaning of the word based on another reading rather than another listening.

    This isn’t an endorsement for focusing your teaching on more visuals though. Indeed, it might be helpful if you go against your learner’s style in order to strengthen their listening comprehension skills.

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