Perceptual learning styles of ESL students

Almasa Mulalic, Parilah Mohd. Shah, Fauziah Ahmad

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Abstract

This paper explores a spectrum of problems and challenges related to Perceptual Learning Style (PLS) of students in English as Second Language Situation (ESL) in Malaysia. Many researchers have created numerous awareness regarding students' learning styles (Felder, 1995; Felder and Silverman 1988; Oxford et al. 1991). This paper aims to analyze both learning styles (LS) and the possible implications and consequences of determining students' PLS. Students learning styles have been ignored and have been considered as an insignificant component in the learning process. Lecturers are not aware of their own learning styles and that their learning style preferences may differ from their students learning style preferences. Since little attention has been paid to how learners learn and how teachers teach in many institutions, this research attempts to determine the learning styles of the students, and the differences in learning styles of the students according to their gender and ethnicity. Results revealed that the students' preferred learning style was Kinesthetic. They expressed minor preference for Visual, Auditory and Group Learning, while on the other hand students expressed negative preference towards Individual and Tactile Learning Styles.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)101-113
Number of pages13
JournalEuropean Journal of Social Sciences
Volume7
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2009

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Keywords

  • ESL
  • Learning preferences
  • Learning style
  • Learning styles inventory
  • Lecturers
  • Students

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Perceptual learning styles of ESL students. / Mulalic, Almasa; Mohd. Shah, Parilah; Ahmad, Fauziah.

In: European Journal of Social Sciences, Vol. 7, No. 3, 01.2009, p. 101-113.

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Mulalic, Almasa ; Mohd. Shah, Parilah ; Ahmad, Fauziah. / Perceptual learning styles of ESL students. In: European Journal of Social Sciences. 2009 ; Vol. 7, No. 3. pp. 101-113.
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