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The Influence of Learning Style on English Learning Achievement Among Undergraduates in Mainland China
Fang Huang1,2; Cathy Ka Weng Hoi2; Timothy Teo2
2018-10
Source PublicationJOURNAL OF PSYCHOLINGUISTIC RESEARCH
ISSN0090-6905
Volume47Issue:5Pages:1069-1084
Abstract

Learning style is one of the main factors that determines how students learn English and has a significant influence on students' learning strategy selection, which further affects their learning outcomes (Ehrman and Oxford in Mod Lang J 74(3):311-327, 1990; Oxford in Language learning styles and strategies: an overview, 2003. http://web.ntpu.edu.tw/similar to language/workshop/read2.pdf). This study examines the learning style preferences of Chinese university students and whether those preferences influence their English achievements. Four hundred undergraduates from one university in eastern mainland China participated in this study. Data from 329 valid questionnaires were analysed. The results revealed that the Chinese university students preferred the visual learning style the most, followed by the auditory and kinaesthetic styles. However, no learning style preference was found to influence the students' English proficiency. Cultural reasons are discussed to explain the findings, which contradict those of previous studies of learning style theories and practices. This study recommends that Chinese scholars consider issues of English teaching and learning in China and to adopt appropriate teaching methods to effectively improve English teaching.

KeywordLearning Style English Achievement Chinese Undergraduates Culture
DOI10.1007/s10936-018-9578-3
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Indexed BySSCI ; SSCI
Language英語English
WOS Research AreaLinguistics ; Psychology
WOS SubjectLinguistics ; Psychology, Experimental
WOS IDWOS:000445102300005
PublisherSPRINGER/PLENUM PUBLISHERS
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionFaculty of Education
Corresponding AuthorCathy Ka Weng Hoi
Affiliation1.School of Foreign Languages, Qingdao Agricultural University, Qingdao, China
2.Faculty of Education, University of Macau, Macau, China
First Author AffilicationFaculty of Education
Corresponding Author AffilicationFaculty of Education
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Fang Huang,Cathy Ka Weng Hoi,Timothy Teo. The Influence of Learning Style on English Learning Achievement Among Undergraduates in Mainland China[J]. JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLINGUISTIC RESEARCH,2018,47(5):1069-1084.
APA Fang Huang,Cathy Ka Weng Hoi,&Timothy Teo.(2018).The Influence of Learning Style on English Learning Achievement Among Undergraduates in Mainland China.JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLINGUISTIC RESEARCH,47(5),1069-1084.
MLA Fang Huang,et al."The Influence of Learning Style on English Learning Achievement Among Undergraduates in Mainland China".JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLINGUISTIC RESEARCH 47.5(2018):1069-1084.
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