The different types of learners in language learning

As different as the learning styles are, the ways each type of learner learns for themselves are just as different. The following article presents these three different types of learning to you. We also provide the most suitable learning methods for each learning style

What type of learner are you?

One type of learner learns quickly when they read through the learning material. Another type of learner learns best when listening to a lecture. Still others learn the best when they write content down. Often, fast or slow learning is connected to intelligence. However, the learning speed depends a lot more on the learning style used. The communicative learner, for example, learns slower using pure texts and textbooks than the visual learner.

ich kann es baldJust as a small child learns to walk, you should use all your senses to learn languages.

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Many people are not aware that you can really use all of your senses to learn. In addition to the eyes and the ears, the taste and smell senses can be used as well. Using the involved sensory organs, our mind can store information. The more senses are used, the better and more often the information is stored. However, you must, except when learning the vocabulary of various fruits and vegetables, be very creative if you want to integrate your taste and smell-senses in learning.

The three different types of learners:

  • The auditory learner
  • The visual learner
  • The communicative learner

Hardly anyone only has properties from just one of these types of learning. Most people’s strengths lie in several areas. Therefore, generally speaking, the more sensory channels that are used whilst learning, the more mental connections are formed. So the learning outcome will be greater in any case.
norwegian language coursePC-language courses have speech output, besides the text. This is a perfect combination of visual and auditory learning style.

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Learning Type 1: The auditory learner – learning through listening
Learners who can easily pick up, remember and also reproduce information that they have heard are part of the auditory learners. The best way the auditory type of learner learns is when they hear the learning material (e.g. audio CDs or computer language courses), or they read the subject matter itself aloud, or they listen to a lecture. Typical of the auditory style learner is that they often talks to himself whilst learning. This type of learner likes it quiet. Ambient sounds and music in the background disturb them whilst learning.

Learning Type 2: Visual learners – learning through sight
The visual learner finds it easy to remember contents, which they have in front of them in the form of text and images. In addition, this type of learner likes to write along and takes most of the information on through images and written material. Visual learners work a lot with coloured pens and highlighters and remember everything they have read and seen themselves. For the visual learner books, pictures, video tutorials and flashcards cards are suitable.

Learning Type 3: The communicative learner – learning through speaking
The communicative learner retains new subject matter best when they deal with it linguistically. This type of learner lets new content be explained to them by classmates or teachers. In a subsequent discussion with questions and repetitions, the new learning material is understood and stored in memory. Role playing and learning groups are particularly suitable for the communicative learning styles.

In principle, however, it can be said that no one learns using only one sense. In addition, there are other factors, such as your own motivation and your own interests, that influence learning. Therefore always try to incorporate as many senses as possible in the learning process. The recall rate increases significantly, the more senses you use. The more diverse the adaptation of the subject matter, the more diverse it can be retained by memory.
online language courseAnyone who is learning needs quietness. Ambient noise from the TV or radio channel distracts you from learning and should be turned off.

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It is important that you know which learning methods suit you the best and what learning methods have been the most successful for you. But the preferred learning environment is also different for each of us. Some like a little noise and others need absolute silence. Once your own weaknesses and strengths have been detected, you can learn faster and more sustainably with the right way of learning.


Here you will get even more tricks and tips :

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  2. Learning vocabulary successfully
  3. Motivated language learning
  4. It is so easy to train your understanding of a language at the same time
  5. Learning languages quickly? – Is it possible?
  6. The different types of learners when learning languages

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