Learners’ Perspectives of their Learning Styles: A Case Study in Alice, Fort Beaufort District in the Eastern Cape Province
AbstractThe aim of this study was to investigate the preferred learning styles of 110 Grade 8 English first additional language learners in Alice, Fort Beaufort district in the Eastern Cape Province. The study sought to identify learners’ preferred learning styles in order to get learners to know learning styles that suit themselves, yet in an indirect manner to consider learning alternatives. By doing so, they would be able to acquire the knowledge and skills they need to become more proficient in English first additional language. Quantitative data were collected from 110 Grade 8 English first additional language learners from two senior secondary schools in Alice, Fort Beaufort district using classroom work style survey to identify the most and least preferred learning styles used by individual learners. Quantitative data were analysed by categorizing them into learning style preferences and presented in tables shown in the findings. Research findings showed that the most prevalent learning style for learners was the visual learning style. This study, therefore, recommends that English first additional language learners should know their learning styles in order to determine their own personal strengths and weaknesses that would help them to be more proficient in English first additional language.
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