Weak bilinguals’ preferred learning styles

Iran, ID CLEaR2015-239;

The current study was an attempt to investigate whether those who have the experience of learning/acquiring two languages would generally prefer a specific style of learning when exposed to a new learning context. More specifically, visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learning styles were examined for the purpose of this study. To do this a translated and validated version of Brach’s learning styles inventory (1991) with an acceptable estimate of internal consistency (r=. 79) was employed. 64 male and female weak bilinguals of different first or second languages were recruited through Whatsapp application, email and in person from the provinces of Kohgiluye and Buyer Ahmad, Khuzestan, East and West Azerbaijan and Fars. Statistical Package for Social Science (SPSS.16) was employed to analyze the data. The results revealed that the preferred learning style of weak bilinguals was auditory. The visual and auditory learning styles ranked second and third respectively.

Keyword: bilingualism, learning styles, EFL, Iran