Updated: Sep 15
What is Your Learning Style?
- Match the word with its definition:
1. Learning styles: A. Related to words
2. Crucial: B. To spend time with your friends or other people to enjoy yourself.
3. Musical: C. Friendly
4. Lyrics: D. Connected with relationships with many people.
5. Believe it or not: E. Something such as pictures used to explain something.
6. Visual: F. This is surprising but true.
7. Interpersonal: G. The words of a song.
8. Sociable: H. Related to or connected to music.
9. Socializing: I. Extremely important or necessary.
10. Verbal: J. The way learners understand and keep information.
11. Retain K. Successful or achieving the results that you want.
12. Effective L. To keep or to continue to have something.
- Read and practise the following conversation:
First day in an ESL class. After class, Mike and Cathy continue their conversation about goal setting and learning styles.
Mike: Okay Cathy. Now tell me more about “SMART” goals and the plans to achieve them.
Cathy: Before that, do you know your learning style?
Mike: My learning style? What do you mean?
Cathy: Well, people learn differently and that’s what we call a “learning style”. It is crucial that you know your learning style before you set your goal. This will help you when you make your plan.
Mike: I don’t understand. Can you give me an example?
Cathy: Sure. You see, my learning style is “musical”. This means that I learn better when I sing songs. So, to improve my pronunciation, I sing English songs with lyrics. And believe it or not, this also helps me increase my vocabulary.
Mike: Sounds interesting. But I don’t know my learning style. How can I find out?
Cathy: There are so many different learning styles. As I mentioned “musical”; me. There’s also the “visual” style. Those people learn faster when they watch movies and TV programs.
Mike: Please tell me more about learning styles.
Cathy: Another learning style is the “interpersonal”. Those are sociable people. They learn while talking with others and socializing. There is also the “verbal” style. People who like to read and write.
Mike: That’s amazing. Thank you, Cathy, for your help.
Cathy: So Mike, what is your learning style?
Mike: I think I’m “interpersonal” and “musical”. Is that okay? I mean, can I have more than one learning style?
Cathy: Of course you can. Having more than one learning style will enable you to have an effective plan. So what is your plan to improve your English?
Mike: Well, since my learning style is “musical”, I guess I will increase my vocabulary and improve my pronunciation by singing songs. Then I will go and use the new vocabulary in my conversation with my friends to retain them.
Cathy: That’s awesome. I’m so proud of you.
Mike: It was nice talking to you today, Cathy. I want to talk with you about goal setting and making plans according to my learning style tomorrow. Bye for now.
Cathy: See you tomorrow. Bye.
- Answer the following questions:
1. Did Cathy explain “SMART” goals to Mike?
2. What did she explain? And how?
3. Why is it important that learners should know their learning styles?
4. What is Cathy’s learning style?
5. What is her plan to improve her English based on her learning style?
6. Which skills does her plan help her improve?
7. How many learning styles did Cathy mention in the conversation? What are they?
8. What would be your plan if your learning style was “verbal”?
9. What would be your plan if your learning style was “interpersonal”?
10. Is it possible for learners to have more than one learning style?
11. How is this going to help learners improve their English?
12. How many learning styles does Mike have?
13. What are they?
14. How is Mike going to improve his English according to his learning styles?
15. What is your learning style?
16. How are you going to improve your English based on that?
- Complete the following chart:
Learning Style Plan Skill to Improve
1. Musical Sing English songs Pronunciation
- Pair work:
A. Work alone. Think of your learning styles (s). Make a plan to improve your English based on your learning style.
B. Talk with your partner and exchange your learning style and your plan to improve your English according to it.
C. Discuss your partner’s learning style(s) and suggest an action plan to improve his/her English.