Session 4C

Angela Nicholls - University of Adelaide

Revisiting Learning styles and exploring the relationship between them and educators, students and curriculum

Students all learn in different ways and through different activities and teachers also may favour a particular activity. A teacher’s dominant learner style could be through reading and writing and therefore they might do multiple activities in this mode, however how does this impact the students if they are predominantly a kinaesthetic learner? This workshop will revisit the learning styles; discuss the results of the Vark questionnaire completed by International students and some teaching staff at the University. Its aim is to foster an exploration of learning styles and the potential impact of the results on teachers, students, classroom practice and curriculum.

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Angela Joy Nicholls has over 17 years of teaching experience in the field of English as an additional language in Australia and abroad. At the University of Adelaide, Angela is an Academic English Teacher working with International students from diverse backgrounds. She has experience in teaching academic skills and empowering students to become independent learners. Whilst overseas she was strongly involved in training and mentoring staff, implementing new curriculum, assessing and teaching students. Her qualifications include a CELTA, Graduate Diploma in Education, Bachelor of Educational Theatre and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.