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Variation in learning styles in a group of Chinese English as a foreign language learners


Lihui Wang
School of Education, Flinders University 
wang0385@flinders.edu.au 

 

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Preparation of this paper was supported by the Cultural Inclusivity through Publishing Project and funded by a Flinders University Diversity Initiative Grant.

 

Abstract

In this study, the Felder learning styles inventory was administered to students who were non-English majors in a Chinese University. Descriptive statistics identified that participants do vary in their preference for particular learning styles with a great variety of learning style preferences distributed unevenly among the sample population. A large number of the participants showed mild preference to Global, Visual and Sensing learning styles. The present study extended Felder’s work to a group of Chinese English as a Foreign Language learners. Implications for English as a Foreign Language teachers in Chinese Universities are that it is important to be aware of varied needs of learners from different majors and to respond flexibly by employing a broad range of teaching techniques to better reach students of different learning preferences. 

Learner, learning style, dimension, preference, difference, Chinese English, foreign language learner

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Wang, L. (2007) Variation in learning styles in a group of Chinese English as a foreign language learners. International Education Journal, 8 (2), 408-417.
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