Auditory (hearing) learners tend to show many of the following characteristics;
- Likes to read to self out loud.
- Is not afraid to speak in class.
- Likes oral reports.
- Is good at explaining.
- Remembers names.
- Notices sound effects in movies.
- Enjoys music especially when relaxing
- Is good at grammar and foreign language.
- Reads slowly.
They also use words in sentences similar to ‘ that sounds right’ or ‘I hear what you are saying’
To keep an auditory learner engaged then the following are ideas to support the list above.
- Hear a presentation or explanation
- Encourage them to explain to another pupil (don’t forget some types of assessment fit into this category)
- allow them to read aloud to themselves or create a chant
- make a video of key points to listen to
- allow them to verbally summarise in their own words
- allow them to practice e.g. spellings before trying to write it.
- be aware that they may be using their own internal voice to verbalise what they are learning
- Allow them to use a speech recognition tool
But be careful how you talk to them because …
…Auditory learners have a knack for ascertaining the true meaning of someone’s words by listening to audible signals like changes in tone.
I am busily writing, writing and soon to be publishing an easy to read practical book about SEN (D) with the lovely and very knowledgeable Dr Rona Tutt using this latest guidance as the starter. Our aim of the book was to firstly support all teachers in recognising when to consider SEN but also when EAL needs stop and SEN starts. It’s quite a blurry line and many teachers just do not know where to start so this news story #SEND: ow.ly/zI4FL is a great starting point to firstly find out about the changes but also to understand what the code is expecting of teachers.
I will be writing more about the book when it is ready to be published hopefully in the next month or two… so watch this space.
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/send-code-of-practice-0-to-25 for the new code of practice
I thought that in this blog I would revisit some theory reminding us what accelerated learning is.
What do we mean by accelerated learning?
The Accelerated Learning is based on research about the human brain. We now know that everyone has their own preferred learning style — a way of learning that suits us best. To get the best out of accelerated learning you need to know what your preference is because that way and your learners learn more naturally.
Because it is more natural for you, it becomes easier.
then in turn because it is easier, it is quicker.
Hence the name – Accelerated Learning.
What do we mean by preferred learning style?
The three primary learning styles are sight, touch and sound although taste and smell also play a part. Different activities stimulate these senses but an activity which stimulates all three is when the researchers say that powerful learning takes place.
Sometimes we use different words to mean the same thing… see below
- sight we often call visual learners
- touch we often call kinaesthetic learners
- sound we often called auditory learners
- taste we call gustatory learners and
- smell we call olfactory learners
As a teacher when creating activities it is useful to create your own tick sheet just to check that over a week/ month/ half or whole term that various activities have stimulated these senses.
In the next blog I will talk about how best to recognise those who are more auditory learners.