Which learning style suits you?

 Each of us has his or her preferred learning method, which is determined by our cultural and educational background and our personality. Linguists have categorized different learning styles into different perceptual styles: visual, tactile and kinesthetic and auditory learning.

Visual learning (learning through vision)

If you find it confusing, to google texts in order to memorize a song, or if you are among those people, who listen to audio books rather than just read actual books, then you are probably a visual learner.

One of the methods for visual learning is the vocabulary approach. Vocabulary learning is a good way to advance the language learning process. A word is displayed with a corresponding image. Students must then make the appropriate mapping by either naming the image or assigning the word to the image.

Another method is the traditional grammatical approach or the textbook method. Vocabulary terms are usually listed at the beginning of a textbook chapter followed by a grammar lesson. At the end of the chapter, grammar and vocabulary are linked together so that students can use them practically.

Auditory learning (learning through hearing)

Do you like long dialogues and plays and prefer oral lessons to textbooks and enjoy listening to audio books? Then you are an auditory learner. Listening offers a solid basis for this learning approach, because by listening we can adapt to all new sounds and pronunciations.  Audio programs for CDs, podcasts and the like will be your new best friends. You can take them anywhere and learn on the go.

Tactile (learning by processing texts) and kinesthetic learning (learning by practice and movement)

These two styles are extremely closely related and are often pieced together. The reason for this is that both tactile and kinesthetic learners require a more active approach to learning.

The communicative approach is equally wonderful for kinesthetic and tactile learners. Traditionally, classes are taught in small groups. The target language is taught through interaction, such as role-playing and simulations, in order to allow students to communicate in active scenarios. The aim is to help students express what they want to say instead of focusing on grammatical perfection.

The immersion approach means complete absorption. The best way to achieve this is to be staying in the country where the target language is spoken.  But you really need to focus on the learning process and take the opportunity to practice speaking at all times to maximize your experience.