ERIC Number: ED408830
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Learning Styles and the Japanese University Second Language Student.
Rausch, Anthony S.
This study investigated learning styles and learning strategies among Japanese university students whose majors are directly related to English. Data were gathered in a survey of 365 students in English literature, language, or linguistics courses at two universities. The survey included questions about study outside class time, study using materials other than those specifically for class, use of a personalized approach to studying, self-monitoring of target language use, confidence in using the target language, and motivations for taking the English course. Respondents were also asked to assign attributes to each of four learning styles (heart, head, hands, free), indicate which they considered their own style to be, and assess the importance to their own learning of 16 general learning behaviors. Results indicate: (1) these students did not show attributes of the idealized good language learner, suggesting lack of personal involvement in the learning process; (2) students' ability to "construct" a four-group learning styles model was limited, suggesting limited understanding of the learning style concept; and (3) students' accuracy in assessing their own learning style was weak. The questionnaire used in the survey, in both English and Japanese, is appended. Contains 18 references. (MSE)
Descriptors: Cognitive Style, College Students, English Literature, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Language Research, Language Usage, Learning Strategies, Linguistics, Majors (Students), Questionnaires, Second Language Learning, Self Esteem, Student Motivation, Study Habits, Surveys
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Japan