Mary Brennan

ELL - Learning Styles Reflection
Once you have determined your learning 5 learning styles, write a brief summary about
each of the five, and reflect upon how knowing a student's (specifically, an ELL
student's) learning styles could be a distinct advantage, especially during the student's
transition to a new school & environment. For each of your 5 learning styles (pretend
they belong to the student), describe what types of interaction/instructional
strategies/methods you might use to be as effective as possible.
The 5 learning styles I learn best by are visual, applied, verbal, social, and pragmatic.
As a visual learner, I prefer to learn via observation or hands-on experience. Because I’m more
comfortable with concrete facts, I am an applied learner vs. a conceptual learner. I tend to
remember and understand things better when there are written instructions and have a hard
time positioning things in space, therefore, I am a verbal learner. I am a social learner because
I enjoy bouncing ideas off of others and I’m very people-oriented. Lastly, I am a pragmatic
learner instead of a creative learner because I prefer having a precise set of directions when
trying to complete a task.
Knowing the learning styles of an ELL student is an advantage because it allows you to
start to structure your instruction in a way that will maximize their learning. by staying away
from techniques that you know will not be beneficial. By knowing how your student learns, you
can begin to promote a nurturing environment that would limit the effect of affective filtering. In
addition, you will be able to monitor and evaluate the student’s overall progress better because
the student will be able to show their knowledge in a way that is more comfortable for him/her.
Types of Instructional Strategies
● 1.) Visual -- Using videos, pictures, observations, and hands-on activities
● 2.) Applied -- Do worksheets or other activities that ask for factual answers over
critical reasoning.
● 3.) Verbal -- Have written instructions for new activities, print out powerpoints or
notes so that student could study and make their own notes to help them remember.
● 4.) Social -- Do group projects and have the students participate in group
discussions in order for them to share ideas and questions
● 5.) Pragmatic -- Give rubrics and specific expectations for students to work
towards, ask objective questions instead of asking for essay responses