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Solitary or Social?
- Learners can be solitary. They prefer to learn alone. They are more introverted and independent.
- Learners can be social. They enjoy learning in groups. The more, the merrier.
Linear or Non-linear?
- Learners can be logical. They want to understand the reason. They use logic and appreciate structure. They are linear learners who prefer to follows logical steps. Textbooks provide the necessary structure because they are logically sequenced and linear. Building blocks may be the way to go!
- Learners can be non-linear. We are by nature non-linear learners and as children learn best through direct experience and by dealing with whatever comes up. Non-linear learners look for patterns, make connections, and construct knowledge. What is being learned can be understood in any order. “Relatable” is key. Websites are non-linear and may be more useful than textbooks. Websites allow learners to identify patterns and make connections regardless of sequence and order.
What’s your learning style?
- A visual learner prefers visual displays: diagrams, illustrated texts, videos, images, and graphics. They benefit from visual aids. Seeing is believing.
- A tactile/kinesthetic learner prefers a hands-on approach. They learn by doing and participating in physical activities. They like to move and touch. They like to take objects apart and put them back together. Easily distracted, they enjoy staying active. Doing is learning.
- An auditory learner prefers discussion, listening to others, talking things through, and repetition. They notice speech patterns, tone, pitch, and nuances. Information has little meaning until it is heard/spoken. They may benefit from radio programs, reading aloud, audio books, and lively discussions. Hearing is believing.
- A read/write learner is an avid reader and great note-taker. They translate abstract concepts into words. Reading opens minds.
We can all be a little bit of each.
Whatever your learning style, just remember to take your time and have fun with the language.
- Set achievable goals.
- Learn a new word everyday.
- Choose reading topics that interest you.
- Watch how-to videos that interest you.
- Bake a lasagna. English recipe please!
- Read comics.
- Make a video.
- Read a children’s book. You can find some online.
- Visit a library. Participate in story time!
- Write a story.
- Record yourself.
- Chat with English speakers.
- Try some tongue twisters.
Be proud of your accomplishments and reward yourself with a nice meal, a new gadget, a ski day, a weekend trip to the ocean, or a day at the spa …