Student learning styles and second language acquisition

A brief overview of recent studies


Literature Review, 2017
8 Pages, Grade: 76.2

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Student learning styles and second language acquisition
Piper, T. (2011). And then there were two: Children and second language learning. Toronto: Pippin Pub.
Purpura, J. E. (January 01, 2016). Second and Foreign Language Assessment.The Modern Language Journal, 100,190-208.
Georgetown University Round Table on Languages and Linguistics, & Alatis, J. E. (2010).Linguistics, language teaching, and language acquisition: The interdependence of theory, practice, and research. Washington, D.C: Georgetown University Press.
Griffiths, C., & İnceçay, G. (June 01, 2016). Styles and Style-Stretching: How are They Related to Successful Learning?.Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, 45,3, 599-613.
Mirzaee, S., & Maftoon, P. (December 01, 2016). An examination of Vygotsky’s socio-cultural theory in second language acquisition: the role of higher order thinking enhancing techniques and the EFL learners’ use of private speech in the construction of reasoning.Asian-pacific Journal of Second and Foreign Language Education, 1,1, 1-25.
VanPatten, B., & Williams, J. (2015).Theories in second language acquisition: An introduction. New York : Routledge
Butler, Y. G., & Hakuta, K. (January 01, 2008). Bilingualism and Second Language Acquisition. 114-144.
Brown, H. D. (2007).Principles of language learning and teaching. White Plains, NY: Pearson Longman.
Leaver, B. L., Ehrman, M. E., & Shekhtman, B. (2005).Achieving success in second language acquisition. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
Haywood, A. L. (2005). The relationship between student learning styles and L2 acquisition in two international high schools' english language classrooms in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Thesis (Ph. D.): University of Mississippi
Zhonggen, Y. (April 01, 2016). The Impact of the E-Collaborative and Traditional Learning Styles on Learning Outcomes and Anxiety.International Journal of E-Collaboration (ijec), 12,2, 27-47.

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Student learning styles and second language acquisition

This is hereby a sensible process where one learns of another language than of his or her first language. This process takes place after one has already gained the first language. Therefore, when studying the second language the learner can also find the language to be the third, forth or fifth in his or her studies. The first language is the first language a person learns immediately after he or she is born. Caregivers or parents that surround an individual when he or she is born mostly teach this language. Like the second language, learning one can also have more than one language at the same time.

Piper, T. (2011). And then there were two: Children and second language learning. Toronto: Pippin Pub.

The author looks at the different forms of learning both first and second language. He indicates that for an individual to learn a foreign language or a second language it will be a great success whereas if one studies the first language there will not be much success considered to the others. The research study on second language acquisition clarifies how students differ from each other when acquiring a second language and explains how alike the students are. According to the author, student-learning languages disagree in terms of some factors like affective variables, learning strategies, demographic variables, and learning style in spite of the common language and memory and cognitive processing in the brain (Piper, 2011). In addition, these factors have reflective effects on the success of the student by assisting them on how they will approach the learning task in the language.

Purpura, J. E. (January 01, 2016). Second and Foreign Language Assessment.The Modern Language Journal, 100,190-208.

The article discusses the different concept applied in understanding the languages whereby one can understand that for a teacher to create better way of learning for the learners he or she should acquire information of how the learners take their studies (Purpura, 2016). One can understand the difficult system of language teaching and learning if she or he is able to access knowledge about personality’s differences. For a student to achieves and approaches second language learning this study assist by exploring one of the factors that distinguish one student from the other.

Georgetown University Round Table on Languages and Linguistics, & Alatis, J. E. (2010).Linguistics, language teaching, and language acquisition: The interdependence of theory, practice, and research. Washington, D.C: Georgetown University Press.

The book lays emphasis on the different language strategies and the manner in which they are effective for the teachers and the students. According to the authors, t is very important in critical performance of the language when taking strategies in language learning. When learning this language there are six strategies that are involved which include the following cognitive, memory, metacognitive, affective or social, and comprehensive. Therefore, it is necessary for ones strategies to differ other person’s strategies (Georgetown University Round Table on Languages and Linguistics & Alatis, 2010). Within the cognitive model of learning language, learning strategies can be described effectively.

Griffiths, C., & İnceçay, G. (June 01, 2016). Styles and Style-Stretching: How are They Related to Successful Learning?.Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, 45,3, 599-613.

The authors introduce the readers to the cognitive form of study. A person who follows cognitive strategy is able to reason out things and analyze it. According to the cognitive model of learning, it suggests that learning is a dynamic and active process whereby students get the opportunities to organize their information, retain what is essential to them, and reflect on their success effort of learning, using appropriately the information and from their surrounding selecting information. Learning enables the use of three cognitive theories, which include the long-term theory, short-term theory and working memory (Griffiths & İnceçay, 2016). From the long-term theory, one is able to store information that comes from education and personal experience, while short-term theory enables an individual to recall information that comparatively insignificant.

Mirzaee, S., & Maftoon, P. (December 01, 2016). An examination of Vygotsky’s socio-cultural theory in second language acquisition: the role of higher order thinking enhancing techniques and the EFL learners’ use of private speech in the construction of reasoning.Asian-pacific Journal of Second and Foreign Language Education, 1,1, 1-25.

The article talks of the different theories in learning language which includes working memory whereby the information in the memory is manipulated. The reason why the strategies are being used is that they have a prominent way in the application of the cognitive view applied in learning as underlying learning and thinking process. In order to aid the system of information processing it is suggested that the working memory is where the student strategies are positioned. It is also necessary for one to exert control over the deployment to assist in managing the resources (Mirzaee & Maftoon, 2016). Sensible mental activity is required in the learning strategies when using language. Furthermore, if there is minimal effort and attention to the students while using the strategies it is possible for the learner to receive back the strategy, evaluate, and get the attention needed. In the long-term theory, most information is stored as indicated by the cognitive theory as either procedural knowledge or declarative knowledge.

VanPatten, B., & Williams, J. (2015).Theories in second language acquisition: An introduction. New York : Routledge

The book supports the idea of the different forms of language learning through explanation of the different strategies. The book introduces the memory strategy whereby it indicates that it is the ability for a person to memorize faster during his or her studies. However, it is easier for an individual to create a word meaning map in their brain which will assist them in remembering in long term memory and also retrieve the information (VanPatten & Williams, 2015). By accepting memory strategy one should accept the retrieval and learning through sound for example images and rhyming, body movement, combination of images and sounds and mechanical means.

Butler, Y. G., & Hakuta, K. (January 01, 2008). Bilingualism and Second Language Acquisition. 114-144.

The author also talks of the comprehensive strategy that involves individuals finding themselves guessing words that are unknown when reading or listening. To overcome gaps in their knowledge they replace words that they do not comprehend with other words or phrases when writing or speaking (Butler & Hakuta, 2008). The author also introduces the Metacognitive strategy whereby a person is capable to evaluate, arrange, focus and plan through his or her own concept of learning. They are used in the identification and monitoring of their personal needs and preferences in learning style.

Brown, H. D. (2007).Principles of language learning and teaching. White Plains, NY: Pearson Longman.

According to the author, there are different tools that can be used in teaching language. One of the tools if the Corpora. The author indicates that in the early stage, it is advantageous if one learns the most commonly used words in a language. Corpora have also been beneficial to the society since it has been used in the establishment of the reference works and the dictionary for example Collins Cobuild series, published by HarperCollins. In a language, corpora can be useful in identifying the regular words used by native speakers (Brown, 2007). From the corpora patterns teachers are able to teach their learners the second language learning vocabulary.

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Student learning styles and second language acquisition
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A brief overview of recent studies
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Kenyatta University
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Alfhonce Michael (Author), 2017, Student learning styles and second language acquisition, Munich, GRIN Verlag, https://www.grin.com/document/369020

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