Theory and Practice in Language Studies, Vol 1, No 6 (2011), 644-651, Jun 2011
doi:10.4304/tpls.1.6.644-651

Sensory Style Preference of EFL Students in Iran

Mansoor Fahim, Tania Samadian

Abstract


This study aimed at finding a relationship between the sensory style preference of learners and their years of experience as EFL (English Foreign Language) student sat secondary school level in Iran. Two questionnaires were used in this study. The first a demographic questionnaire, the latter which was taken from O'Brian (1990) was the Learning Channel Preference Checklist. The participants of this study consisted of 60 girl junior high school students studying at a state school in the city of Mashhad. The participants were divided into two groups: experienced group and inexperienced group. To answer the question of this study, several descriptive and inferential data analyses were utilized. The implication of this study was that there was in fact a significant relationship between the sensory style preference of learners’ and that the experienced learners showed a flexibility towards the different learning styles whereas the inexperienced showed no flexibility.


Keywords


sensory style preference; cultural difference; individual learning needs

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