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Different strokes for different folks!

As we saw in the comments from the previous step, everyone has their own preferences for the way they learn languages. These are sometimes called learning styles.

  • Some of us like to have visual support and we relate well to pictures and diagrams.
  • Some of us like to see words written down before we can commit them to memory, while others respond more positively to activities which involve listening.
  • Acting language out physically, for example, with role plays or mime can help some of us memorise new words and expressions.
  • Interactive and collaborative activities can be motivating for some, whereas others prefer to work individually on tasks.
  • Some teachers find that team games and competitions work well for some groups of learners, and more serious progress tests for others.
  • Some learners prefer to work out rules and patterns for themselves, whereas others need a lot more support.
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    Why is it useful for teachers to understand that learners may have different preferences? How can teachers cater for different learning styles in a class? Post your comments and read what other participants say. Like any you agree with.

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