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What do my learning style preferences have to do with my choice of grammar strategies?

Learning style preferences refer to the various ways you like to learn. Your learning style preferences will make specific learning strategies more appealing to you than others (Ehrman, 1996, p. 49).

You may already have a general sense of your preferences to learn grammar. However, deepening your understanding of the ways you prefer to learn can assist you in:

  • how you approach the learning of grammar - for example, through a visual, auditory, hands on approach or a combination of these.
  • knowing when and how to style-stretch - for example, in being willing to be less reflective in speaking by not monitoring every form for accuracy.

But, how can I discover more about my own learning style?

Taking the Learning Style Survey (pdf) will help!  This survey, developed by Cohen, Oxford, and Chi, will allow you to compare and contrast 11 different learning styles. 

Given your learning style preferences, some of the strategies presented on the website may have special appeal to you. For example, some learners find using jingles is a good strategy for remembering irregular forms. If you have an auditory preference, you can remember the forms by remembering the tune. If you are more visual, you may visualize the lyrics.

Throughout the website you'll find links between style preferences and strategies.

Since the purpose of this website is to reinforce your repertoire of grammar learning strategies and not to teach you about grammatical terminology, key grammatical terms and concepts are glossed. For further information about grammatical terminology, a good resource is Emily Spinelli's (1998) English Grammar for Students of Spanish.

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