As mentioned in my previous blog posts, students learning English can be roughly broken down into three groups, namely kinaesthetic, visual and auditory learners. At Oxford English Academy it is very important for us to ensure that each type of learner is catered for in class, so in this post I will speak about auditory learners and activities that are effective for them.
Auditory learners most effectively learn by hearing, as their name suggests. Yet this extends beyond just listening exercises and taking in what their teacher says. Auditory learners also enjoy communicative exercises that involve speaking and this is the basis of our teaching methodology at Oxford English Academy. The majority of our course books and resources are based on the Communicative Approach . This approach puts emphasis on students communicating as much as possible, especially about topics that are meaningful to them and also about topics which are personalised. Below are some activities that auditory learners enjoy and which make for effective language learning.
1. Listening to podcasts or the radio can be a very effective way for auditory learners to acquire a new language. In order to make this even more meaningful and therefore engaging, it is important for students to choose topics that interest them. The British Council has over 50 podcasts for different levels that students can choose from.
2. Communicating as much as possible in English is also a great way for auditory learners to learn English. This could mean talking with other students in class, making an effort to speak to their host families and seeking out English speakers as much as possible. On an immersion programme in an English speaking country, this can be done relatively easily with students going out socially. For those not in this position, there are also many online resources and ways to connect with native English speakers.
At Oxford English Academy we make it our mission to look after the needs of all our students, be they kinaesthetic, visual and auditory learners. But it is also up to students to take ownership of their learning, so find out what your learning style is and find activities that suit you. In this way you will make learning English much more effective and enjoyable.