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Different strokes for different folks!

Everyone has their own preferences for the way they learn languages. We will be talking about different learning preferences.
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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.
  • Task

    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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