The present paper is an attempt to contribute to the field of learning styles from the perspectives of theory and practice. It is based on research into the learning styles of Japanese college students studying English as a Foreign Language (EFL), and it examines the applicability of the learning styles approach to both instruction and foreign language acquisition.
First, current trends in the field will be analyzed and their relevance to Japanese EFL education will be assessed. Next, instruments for determining learning styles and their applicability to Japanese EFL students will be discussed and the results of a study to test their applicability will be reported. Lastly, general problems of addressing learning styles and utilization of the learning styles approach to teaching and learning EFL in a Japanese college will be explored.
|Keywords:||English as a Foreign Language (EFL), Learning Styles, Learning Styles Instruments|
Associate Professor, Koryo Intl College, Japan
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