English teachers encounter many different kinds of students who want to learn English. Each pupil comes from a different background, a different country, or speaks a different language. Despite these cultural variations, most fall into the same categories based on the ways in which they retain knowledge and are motivated to gain new skills.
Which one of these are you?
1. The Explorer- This type of student is motivated to learn English because they want to explore the world. This new skill helps The Explorer to broaden his or her horizons and open up new opportunities for travel. Often, this type of student is also either a global or kinesthetic scholar. A global learner is someone who wants to look at the big picture. They get bored with slow-moving lessons or when presented with too many details. Kinesthetic learners are those who like movement to accompany lessons, and they may be found dancing around when they’re doing homework.
2. The Rationalist- A person who falls into this category is attracted to the study of another language as something useful. They sometimes study intensively for a short time in order to accomplish a personal or professional goal and then move on. These pupils are often prefer tactile or analytic ways of picking up new skills. Tactile students like to follow instructions or make things and do best when having something tangible to turn to. Analytics are most comfortable utilizing their logical skills by completing puzzles or tasks with clearly stated goals or outcomes.
3. The Ladder Climber- The accomplishment of grasping new ideas gives these people the same rush some get from bungee jumping. The more knowledge they acquire, the better they feel. Many Ladder Climbers pick up new things best through auditory or visual techniques. Visual scholars love flashcards and charts, which give them a way to track their progress through their goals as they learn English. Auditory pupils love oral presentations and often gain skills through song. By speaking and hearing, they’re able to show off their new knowledge in a practical way.