« Industry Events- Finding Your Voice | Main | Surveys- Which English do you teach? »

October 30, 2007

Lesson Plan Activity- Learning Style Quiz

Hello Readers,

Do you know what your personal learning style is- reading/writing, auditory, visual or kinaesthetic? Are you aware of your students' learning styles? Do you take them into account when planning your lessons? Finding out about your students' learning styles can actually make an interesting and useful lesson plan. To do this,...

... it would be helpful to first learn a bit more about different learning styles. Reading/writing learners learn best by reading or writing, auditory learners learn best by listening to things, visual learners learn best by seeing things and kinaesthetic learners learn best by touching, feeling or holding things. Together, these four learning styles are also known by the acronym VARK (Visual, Auditory, Reading/Writing, and Kinaesthetic).

Much research has been done on VARK which has resulted in the VARK questionnaire, which can be found online at: http://www.vark-learn.com/english/page.asp?p=questionnaire

1. There are many different ways to learn new vocabulary in another language. Ask students to discuss the best way to do so with a partner (e.g., use flashcards, use the word in a sentence, keep a vocabulary notebook, etc.).
2. Ask students to share their ideas with the whole class. Did most students have the same answer?
3. There are many different kinds of learners. How do your students learn best? Ask them to discuss.
4. Explain to your students that you are going to have them take a quiz to find out more about their own personal learning style. If you have access to a computer lab, you can have the students take the quiz online (at: http://www.vark-learn.com/english/page.asp?p=questionnaire">http://www.vark-learn.com/english/page.asp?p=questionnairezz; if not, you will have to prepare a paper copy for each student (one version can be found on this website: http://www.learningabledkids.com/home_school_info/learning_styles.html
5. Allow students time to take the quiz.
6. When finished, have students read about their personal learning style.
7. Ask students to discuss their learning style with a partner. Did they get the same results? Do they agree with the results or not? Why or why not?
8. Ask students to then discuss how they can change their study habits to account for their learning style.
9. Write up VARK on the whiteboard. Ask students to place the following learning strategies under the correct letter: read aloud, watching a program, playing a game, keeping a language diary, highlighting, listening to a program on the radio, etc. For more strategies, go to: http://www.vark-learn.com/english/page.asp?p=helpsheets
10. See if students can come up with any other strategies for each kind of learner.
11. Divide students into groups of three or four. Give each group a large piece of paper, a marker, and a letter (V, A, R, or K). Give students time to make a poster describing what their type of learner is and what kind of strategies that student could use to make the most out of his/her learning.
12. Each group gives a 3-5 minute presentation about their posters.

Hope that helps!

Carol Rueckert
Writer, ESL Lesson Plan
E-mail: crueckert@eslemployment.com
Blog: www.esl-lesson-plan.com

"I hear, and I forget. I see, and I remember. I do, and I understand." - Chinese Proverb

Looking for more articles about lesson planning for the ESL classroom? Click HERE!

Posted by crueckert at October 30, 2007 05:06 PM

Trackback Pings

TrackBack URL for this entry:


Hellow Carol,

Just wanted to let you know that the web address of VARK is ok, that is until I try so patiently to get into any of the pages, then all I get is a page expiry notification. Would this be normal?

Love your tips, tricks, lesson plans. I thank you for them also. I am a mature aged teacher, just starting out and I appreciate all the help I can get. So, more power to you girl.

Sincerely, June (from Australia)

Posted by: JUNE BRUZKI at October 30, 2007 07:35 PM

Hi June,

I've just checked the links on the website and they seem to be working for me. Perhaps if you try again, it'll work for you, too.

Good luck!


Posted by: Carol at November 7, 2007 08:49 AM

I so much like your materials and just reading through each time i gain something new.

Posted by: emmaculate at November 24, 2007 06:07 AM

Hi - just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy reading your column. Some of the topics have been very useful. I'm going to try the VARK lesson plan in conjunction with doing my needs analysis at the start of course.

Have you written anything on feedback (T - Ss, after exercises, worksheets or practice) - different ways of providing it in class (Ss - Ss maybe?), more effective methods, using less time to do it, those sorts of things?


Posted by: David King at November 27, 2007 04:40 AM

Hi Carol

I really love your blog. I learned some tips that I can use in the classroom setting. I agree with your ideas. I think for a good teacher is mandatory to know about his/her students types of learning and try to cover their needs. However I have a question, as you know in a class we can have sometimes more than 15 students and it seems that most of them learn in different ways so, what can we do as teachers to work with those different learning styles, being successful and using few time?

Waiting for your answer, Heliana (Colombia)

Posted by: heliana at January 17, 2008 06:24 PM

Post a comment

Remember Me?

(you may use HTML tags for style)