ELT Podcast Episode 5: Learning Styles

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Episode Five is all about Learning Styles. Phil Keegan, Will Corner, Oliver Hipkins and Marta Dzido Barreto chew the fat in the studio while Marjorie Rosenberg is on the line with insights and expert opinion.

This week’s guest on the podcast: Marjorie Rosenberg

Marjorie RosenbergMarjorie teaches general and business English in Graz, Austria at the tertiary level and works with corporate clients. Her teaching training activities have taken her throughout Europe and the US and she is a regular presenter at international conferences.

Marjorie’s publications include In Business, the intermediate and advanced Business Advantage Personal Study Books (CUP), Banking and Finance 2 (Pearson) and Spotlight on Learning Styles (Delta Publishing) as well as a number of articles for English Teaching Professional and other ELT journals. Marjorie is currently the Coordinator for the Business English Special Interest Group (BESIG) of IATEFL and a member of the IATEFL Membership Committee.

For more details on Spotlight on Learning Styles as well as an interview with Marjorie see: http://www.deltapublishing.co.uk/titles/methodology/spotlight-on-learning-styles

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The Main Square in Graz, Austria

The Main Square in Graz, Austria


Any questions, suggestions or ideas for future topics? Please comment below or email us at podcast@kkcl.org.uk.

The KKCL ELT Podcast is presented by Phil Keegan and produced by Will Corner and Oliver Hipkins, with music by Oliver Hipkins, Steve Munns and Phil Keegan.

© 2013 Katherine and King’s College of London.

3 Responses to “ELT Podcast Episode 5: Learning Styles”

  1. Anna

    Thank you so much for this podcast! Learning styles have recently come in for some criticism (e.g. Russell Mayne’s article in MET 21:4), among others due to supposedly limited scientific evidence of their efficacy in the ELT classroom as well as logistic and administrative setbacks (should LS be implemented in the school , e.g. conducting the diagnosis, grouping students, customizing materials, training instructors, etc).

    Yet, putting all these things aside, I believe the major value of learning styles is just the way you presented it in the podcast: raising awareness of both teachers and learners that we process information differently, and that realizing what we prefer or what we tend to do can actually encourage us to venture into new learning styles and, as Marjorie pointed, stretch ourselves thus enhancing our cognitive abilities.

    I’m personally visual, analytic and definitely paying lots of attention to emotions and raport in the classroom. I might be tempted to give this style more prominence in my teaching yet as a professional I have to realise that my students can be completely different (neither better nor worse) and still we have a mutual goal of improving their language skills. Hence , as a teacher I need to be familiar with learning styles in order to make sure that the techniques I employ maximize not my but my students’ learning potential.

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    • Phil Keegan

      Hi Anna,

      Thanks a lot for your feedback. I am glad you enjoyed the podcast.

      Best

      Phil

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