The connection between learning/teaching styles and their effect on EFL writing





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The purpose of this study was to explore the connection between learning and teaching styles and their effect on EFL writing instruction. Forty-five Chinese EFL students at a university in Beijing, China and herself and the researcher, an EFL writing instructor at the same university, were the participants. The researcher tried to determine if a mismatch of students' learning styles and her teaching style had a negative impact on her students' performance on the Test of English Band 4 writing scores. Data were collected from the PLSPQ as well as a modified version of it, past class syllabi, Band 4 writing scores and open-ended post-class survey results. Some correlation was found between the students whose learning styles did not match the teacher's and their writing scores. The findings suggest that EFL teachers taken into consideration their students' and their own learning styles when teaching writing.

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