Essay On Learning Style

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Abstract:English is the most widely used language in the world. It is the language of not just

business but also politics, science and technology, sports and entertainment. In such

a competitive atmosphere it is essential to know how the students of engineering are

learning or acquiring their second language. This paper is a study on the learning

styles preferred of the engineering learners of English in the state of Telangana.

The sample population of the study were 240 engineering learners of English from

two prominent universities, Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University Hyderabad (JNTU-

H) and Osmania University (OU), in Hyderabad, Telangana. These learners of engineering

are from different social backgrounds but study
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One main difference between the two concepts

is that, whilst cognitive style is a bipolar dimension, learning style models are

multidimensional rather than bipolar and encompass a range of variables including many of a

noncognitive nature (p 73 & 75).

M.E. Ehrman et al. (2003) discussed the early history of learning styles as

The actual term, learning style, did not appear until

Thelen (1954) used it in discussing group dynamics. However, the literature on learning

styles uses the terms learning style, cognitive style, personality type, sensory preference,

modality, and others rather loosely and often interchangeably (p 313).

Learning styles are simply different approaches or ways of learning.

Joy M Reid (1995) defined learning styles as

Learning style refers to an individual’s natural, habitual,

and preferred way(s) of absorbing, processing, and

retaining new information and skills. These learning styles

persist, regardless of teaching methods and content

areas (p ix).

Dunn et al (2002) defines learning styles as

Every person has a learning style—it’s as individual as a

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