Learning and Teaching Styles In Foreign and Second Language Education


  • Richard M. Felder Ph.D,

    1. North Carolina State University
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      Hoechst Celanese Professor of Chemical Engineering at North Carolina State University, Raleigh.

  • Eunice R. Henriques Ph.D

    1. Universidade Estadual de Sao Paulo
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      University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is Livre Docente of Languages, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil.


ABSTRACT  The ways in which an individual characteristically acquires, retains, and retrieves information are collectively termed the individual's learning style. Mismatches often occur between the learning styles of students in a language class and the teaching style of the instructor, with unfortunate effects on the quality of the students' learning and on their attitudes toward the class and the subject. This paper defines several dimensions of learning style thought to be particularly relevant to foreign and second language education, outlines ways in which certain learning styles are favored by the teaching styles of most language instructors, and suggests steps to address the educational needs of all students in foreign language classes.