The Relationship between Iranian EFL learners’ Perceptual Learning Styles and their Teachers’ Teaching Styles

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This study was an attempt to shed light on the relationship between perceptual learning styles and perceptual teaching styles of Iranian EFL learners and teachers. It further investigated the relationship between perceptual learning style and the age, gender, and proficiency of Iranian EFL learners. A total of 112 students and 23 teachers participated in this study. The data was collected using a modified version of Reid's (1987) perceptual learning/teaching style questionnaire. Then a comparison was made between the reported learning styles and teaching styles of all participants. Statistical analysis revealed that there was a significant relationship between perceptual learning style and perceptual teaching style. The analysis also showed that the learners’ major learning style was kinesthetic and the teachers’ major teaching style was group teaching. An observational analysis, however, did not corroborate these findings. As for the relationship between the learners’ learning style and other independent variables, a significant relationship was found between perceptual learning style and the age of the learners.

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