Strategies, Resources andCompetences in English
What is a learning style? Learning style is described as a group of characteristics, attitudes and behaviours that define our way of learning. Different styles influence the form students learn, how teachers teach and how is the interaction between them.
The VAK modelThe VAK modelis divided inthree differentlearning stylesdepending on theway each onereceives andprocesses theinformation.
Visual learnerSomeone who is a visual learner tends to observe things,pictures, demonstrations, films, etc. in order to improveher or him level of knowledge.
Characteristics of visual style “When I see it, then I understand”
1.- Visual learners understand writteninstructions better than oral.
2.- Visuals pay more attention to gestures,facial expressions, corporal language,movements…
3.- Once they know the spelling of a word, theycan look for it easily in the dictionary.
4.- Visual learners can be distracted by noise.They need a calm and a quiet environment soas to concentrate.
5.- Highlighting and using colour coding helpthem visualise new concepts and learn theitems quickly.
6.- Mind maps, short outlines, lists and notesare good techniques for them to memoriseinformation.
7.- Visual learners tend to watch the otherperson’s lips when he or she is speakingbecause it facilitates their comprehension.
8.- They are used to drawing math problems.Then, they have less difficulty in order tosolve them.
9.- When visual learners are in a unknown place,they often examine and observe what surroundsthem accurately.
10.- When they meet new people for thefirst time, they stare at physicalcharacteristics and the way they are dressed.So, they often remember these details morethan the people’s name.
CONCLUSIONTo sum up, visual learners have more facility toassimilate information through pictures,sketches and other techniques which involve thesight.