Hi, everyone. I’m Jade. What I’m talking about
today is the best way to teach yourself English, and that’s the way that fits you, your personality,
and the way your mind ticks; the way your mind works. I think that, in general, it’s
the best time ever to be learning English because you have so much access to English materials.
So I’m not talking just about traditional ways, like books, and going to classes because
now with the internet, there are just so many ways that you can learn, also with new devices.
So, right now, you’re learning English for free on the internet. Right? But you can also
be learning English for free on Facebook or by using an app. So more than ever, there are
just so many opportunities to learn, but also to connect with other people who speak
English or who want to speak English. So it’s great. Yeah? Well, what would help, though, is knowing
the best way to maximize what’s already out there, so how you can use it more effectively.
So to get there, what I want to do first is a little quiz, a quiz to find out your learning style.
So let’s go through the quiz and you have to decide which answer
fits you best. Okay? So when using new equipment, equipment…
This could be like… could be a new computer or a new remote control for your television,
something like that. Do you..? Or something a little bit more difficult than that. Do
you read the instructions first, do you ask somebody who already knows how to use it for
an explanation, or do you work it out by trial and error? That means you just start using
it and learn… Learn yourself. Which one fits you? So, for me, I am… I am a trial
and error person. This is me, so I’m going to put a star there. Another good example
of that is: have you ever bought any flat pack furniture that you need to put together for yourself?
Well, you know, do you read the instructions first, do you ask somebody,
or do you just start? I’m this kind of person and I can tell you that it often goes wrong
because I just think: “Oh, it will be fine.” Next of all, when you’re travelling and you
need to find somewhere, do you use a map? “Aha, we go this way.” Do you ask for directions
or try to memorize them before you go? “Oh, I go there, and then I turn right, and then I go left.
Aha, I see.” Do you do that? Or do you get a sense of where to go by landmarks?
I’ve lived in a couple of different cities, and this is what I always do. I live in Dubai
at the moment, so kind of have a… Just a feeling of where the sea is all the time. I’m
like: “The sea’s over there, I’ll go there.” Doesn’t always work, but that’s how I
make sense of where I am, so I’m here. When you’re cooking, what do you like to do?
Are you someone who follows a recipe? “I do that, I do that, I do that.” Often, people
who follow a recipe do exactly the thing it says. Is that you? When you’re cooking, do
you ask a friend to give you their tips for cooking? “Oh, I really loved what you made there.
Can you tell me how you did it?” And then you try it yourself? Or do you just make
it up as you go along? “I’ll put a bit of that in. I’ll make it a bit spicier. Who needs
a recipe?” Which one are you? I’m… It’s getting a little bit repetitive here.
Isn’t it? How about this one: I learn best when I’m
shown what to do? So you show me what to do with your hands, I see it, and I go: “Right, I
can do that now.” I learn best when somebody tells me what to do, so they give you instructions,
you hear it. You’re like: “Aha, I know what to do now.” Or do you learn best when you just have a go?
You don’t… You know, you can listen to them, you can see what you’re
supposed to do, but you really learn when you can be practical and get your hands involved.
Which one are you? It’s me. And, I don’t know about this one so much because
I think there’s an answer that people are just not going to admit… Admit to. When
you’re with friends or when choosing a partner, it’s most important how a person looks-this is
the one that I’m saying I don’t think people will admit to-or is it important what people say?
You like to hear them saying all the right things, and then you know you trust them.
Or is it important how that person makes you feel? It’s not so much in language, it’s
not how they look. So you decide. For me… For me it’s this one again, all this side. So I’m going to tell you what that means now.
These are different learning styles. This one is visual learning style, with your eye, visual.
This one is auditory learning style, learning by hearing. And this one is kinesthetic
learning style, learning by doing. Okay? So it’s said that we each have a learning preference.
So if you found you did this quiz and maybe you got four out of five in visual, that means
you’re a visual learner, and I’ll tell you more about that in a minute. If you did the
quiz and you had two in the auditory section, that means that maybe sometimes you have a
preference for learning this way, but if the rest of them were in the kinesthetic part,
your strongest learning style is kinesthetic, and that’s to do with feeling. So what we’re going to learn next or what I’m
going to tell you next is how these different learning styles relate to you learning English
more effectively. So we’ll look at the different learning styles, and I’ll tell you what you
need to do to learn English more effectively. Let’s have a look at the different learning
styles in more detail, and then after that, I’m going to tell you what learning methods are
good for you to try if you’re a particular learning style. So 30% of people have a visual
learning style. So one way to recognize these people is they speak really quickly. The people
who speak the fastest have a visual learning style. And it sounds pretty good to be this
kind of person because they learn quickly. When they… When they learn, however, they
do need to see something; they need to see an image, a text, or a diagram and that helps
the information go into their brain. This is the kind of person who remembers faces.
You’re like: “Hmm, have we met before?” But you probably don’t remember the name of that person.
When you learn, taking notes is useful for you. But on the downside, not really able
to listen for a long time because you lose your concentration. So
they’re the visual people. What about the auditory people, people who
learn by hearing? They learn by hearing and by participating in speech. Sometimes auditory
learning style people don’t actually like reading. Okay? They say they don’t like reading.
But then the issue there is that they don’t hear a voice in their head when they read.
If they tried to hear a voice in their head when they read, reading becomes a lot more
attractive to them. So as long as there’s some kind of voice happening with the reading, it’s okay.
Or for auditory people, you could listen to talking books, for example, that
would be more enjoyable for you. An auditory person learns through repetition. So imagine
when you’re a child and you learn a language, you say something, maybe you say it wrong,
then your parent corrects you, then you try it again, maybe get it wrong, and your parent corrects you.
Well, eventually, you get it right. But for auditory people, when they’re
learning, they just like to repeat things a lot, so they might be quite vocal when they’re
learning and that’s good for them. And this kind of person loves to
talk and listen in general. What about the kinesthetic people? These are
the people who learn by being practical and hands-on, and through feeling, you could say,
in the senses. They like hands-on learning. You need to be involved in what you’re doing.
When you’re learning, you move, maybe you fidget. “Fidget” means you move around, you
can’t sit still, you play with a pen, you doodle, you draw things. And another way to
recognize a kinesthetic person is, in general, they’re the slowest speaking people. So what does this mean for you learning English?
Well, I said before the… What’s really interesting about learning English now is there’s just
like so many cool ways that you can do it using the internet. So you don’t even really
need to have access to English teachers where you live, or you don’t really need to attend
classes, and still so much you can do. So what’s good for you? engVid video lessons,
well, of course, it’s great for all of you. But let’s break it down a bit. The thing about
engVid lessons is there’s a visual aspect and there’s also an auditory aspect, so that
means that you get three stars… Three stars for those learning styles. But what about
the kinesthetic people? Well, maybe not so good for them, unless you do the quiz. If
you do the quiz, it’s good for you, but you need to be involved. Okay? If you just listen
to the lesson but you don’t do the quiz, well, you’re not going to get such a good result.
For these guys, they’re okay, they don’t need to do the quiz so much. But kinesthetic people
really need to do the quiz to get the maximum benefit. What about podcasts? Well, depends how far
you take it with the podcast because, often, with the learning English resources out there,
you can listen to the podcast for free, but if you want the extra materials, you need
to pay for them. So the extra materials are usually like quizzes or PDFs that you can read.
So if you’re a visual person, you probably need to invest in those materials for it to
be worthwhile for you. So I’m just going to put two stars for visual people, unless you
have something you can read at the same time. But it’s of course great for the auditory people.
And the same issue with the kinesthetic people, you do need to make it practical. So
when you’re listening to the podcast, you need to do the exercises, or the quiz, or
whatever they give you as well. So yeah, it depends really. So it could be two stars.
It’s not the best way for kinesthetic people. What about gap fills online? For many people,
doing this kind of grammar exercise when you just find a random English site and do a gap
fill, for many English… For many people, that’s quite a boring way to learn. But there
are some people out there who just like doing grammar exercises. This can be good for visual
people because they learn when they’re seeing things, but I find this quite a boring way to
learn English in general, so I’m just going to do one star. Not so good for auditory learners
because there’s nothing to hear, so nothing there. And for kinesthetic people, you’re
involved in the learning, so you can have one star as well. Role play, this is what you do in your classroom
when you imagine yourself in a situation. Here’s something you probably didn’t know,
visual learning people just can’t do it. They can’t improvise unless they’re told exactly
what to do, so this probably makes them feel awkward in the classroom. Auditory people,
they’re pretty good at it because they just like speaking and listening. And kinesthetic
people, they learn by doing, so it’s good for them as well. But they speak slowly, so
it might take them time to say something. Apps, well, it depends what the app is, of course.
But it’s a little bit visual. Isn’t it? Could potentially have sound in it, so it depends.
And for kinesthetic people, it’s okay too. I’d say it depends on the quality
of the app, rather than the learning style here. For Facebook groups, what I actually quite
like about this is if you join lots of those Facebook pages, people make images with just
some vocabulary in them or idioms, and I think that’s really good just to sort of daily see
something like that where you can learn an idiom without really trying, so that’s really
good if you’re a visual learner, because you’ll see it and you’ll understand. For
the others, nothing special really. Films, people often say: “When I watch a film,
should I watch it with subtitles or without?” I think generally watching it with subtitles
is a bit of distraction. And if you’re… If you’re an auditory learning, you’re just watching…
No, sorry. If you’re reading the subtitles, you’re not really paying so much
attention to the film itself. So visual people, probably better to watch without the subtitles
just to exercise your listening skills more because they’re a little bit weak in comparison.
So for you guys, no subtitles. For you guys, I think I’m just going to say no subtitles
really because I think it’s better without. No subtitles. It’s more difficult to understand,
of course, and you will miss things, but it’s more of a listening exercising
for you if you try without. Recording yourself, this is quite an interesting
way to improve your speaking skills in English for, especially people who don’t have many
people to talk to in English. Not so interesting to visual learners, but very good for kinesthetic
people and okay for auditory learners. Note taking, when you’re in class, can this
be useful for you? Useful for visual learners and kinesthetic learners. Not
needed for auditory learners. And what about learning on the street, just
from being around people? I really admire it when people can do this and learn in this way.
But these people, they’re generally the hearing orientated learners or a little
bit of feeling orientated learners. So, I hope that’s going to help you in your
endeavours and your trials of learning English by yourself. What I’d like you to do now,
kinesthetic learners, is go and do the quiz. But I’m not excluding anyone else from doing the quiz.
In fact, I’d really appreciate it if you went to do the quiz as well. But it’s
especially important for you guys to do the quiz. What I’d like you to do before you go
there is subscribe to my channel here and also subscribe to my personal channel. And
I am finished now, so I’m going to go.