Have you ever wondered why sometimes it is hard to understand or learn about a specific topic, subject or skill? There could be many reasons or just one and it is about time to find out.
Experts say each individual has got a learning style which is like a package you are equipped with to acquire knowledge or expertise through your senses. For some people it is easier to learn and remember things by hearing, other learners understand better if they see pictures or read and probably may have trouble dealing with spoken instructions, and last but not least important, are those who prefer to learn through physical movement or touching things. Have you identified your profile yet?
Start thinking of the activities you enjoyed the most during your childhood and how they were involved in your learning process at school. How about those subjects you didn’t like? Were they related in any way to those activities you liked the most? Maybe not at all.
Now focus on the activities you do everyday, your habits, or even better your leisure activities, there has got to be some similarities between those favorite activities and the ones you appreciated the most as a kid. Do you feel the implementation of these practices could improve your learning process as an adult?
Of course there are more issues we should take into account, for instance, study habits, practice time, and teachers’ methodology. The latter is the students’ number one to blame when they have difficulties with a subject. Believe me I have heard many of my students complaining about their bad experiences with ESL acquisition ‘because of the teacher’ and let’s face it, they could be right. Maybe sometimes, we, teachers feel certain emotional attachment for those practices that match our learning style but we are leaving aside our students’ preferences.
According to this, the learning process involves not only the learning style, but also the teaching methodology, and of course in the middle of these two, the learning strategies and teaching approaches. What strategies do you as a student/learner implement to improve your knowledge acquisition? What about the techniques teachers are using to encourage all learning styles in the classroom and outside the classroom? What about online teaching role in this issue? Is it promoting the different learning styles? If so, how?
These and more issues will be discussed in our Talk/Show session this Tuesday August 11th. Come and join us with your points of view. Whether as a student or teacher share your experiences and let’s try to find answers to these questions together!!!