Cultural Learning Styles in Language Education
A Special Reference to Asian Learning Styles
This book presents a nuanced look at the relationship between language learning styles and culture to illuminate how these important constructs are understood, employed and play out in the real world. Through the lens of different learning style dimensions—cognitive, affective, process-centred, environment-centred and cultural—Li unpacks and examines the commonly accepted tensions between learning styles, culture, teacher assumptions and teaching approaches. With a focus on Asian learning styles and Chinese learners, Li addresses the past and current debates and reconceptualises the roles and tensions between students’ learning, students’ cultural backgrounds and teaching styles. Li adeptly navigates this controversial arena to demystify preconceptions and provide avenues for innovative and effective classroom practices in language teaching.
Ideal for pre-service ESL/EFL teachers, researchers and scholars, this book bridges the gap between research and practice on culture and language learning in the classroom.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Learning Styles: A ‘Somewhat Inappropriately Named Area’
Chapter 2. Cultural Dimension of Learning Styles
Chapter 3. Learning Styles, Cognitive Styles and Thinking Styles
Chapter 4. Learning Styles and Learning Strategies
Chapter 5. Hofstede’s Cultural Systems Theory and Cultural Learning Styles
Chapter 6. Cultural Learning Styles and Asian Learning Styles
Chapter 7. Cultural Learning Styles and Teachers’ Teaching Styles
Chapter 8. Cultural Learning Styles and Collaborative Learning
Lynne N. Li is a teacher of Chinese/English language, a researcher in languages, cultures and learning styles, and a scholar seeking to bridge gaps in cultures, ideologies, theories and practices for collaborative and harmonious learning and teaching. She is a former senior lecturer in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies at RMIT University, Australia.