ESL Learning Styles Lesson Plan

Instructor: Mary Beth Burns

Mary Beth has taught 1st, 4th and 5th grade and has a specialist degree in Educational Leadership. She is currently an assistant principal.

This lesson plan addresses how to get to know your ELL's learning styles. The lesson plan begins with a group activity and then goes into the students taking an individual learning style quiz. Analyzing data is also integrated into this lesson plan.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the lesson, students will be able to:

  • Analyze classroom learning style data
  • Discover their own learning style using a learning style inventory


45-60 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.3.6

Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate conversational, general academic, and domain-specific words and phrases, including those that signal spatial and temporal relationships

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.3.3

Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.


Students will need to understand the meaning of following words to be able to do this activity:

  • Visual
  • Auditory
  • Verbal/linguistic
  • Physical/kinesthetic
  • Logical/analytical
  • Interpersonal
  • Intrapersonal


  • Painters tape
  • List of learning style statements
  • Copies of a learning style quiz or inventory
  • Large graph paper
  • Markers
  • Post-its
  • Flashcards (optional)


Activity One

  • Tape a long piece of painter's tape in a straight line across the floor. Divide the class in half and have them stand on either side of the tape.
  • Tell them that they are going to be asked a series of questions about how they learn. If they agree with the statement, they will step forward and stand on the line. If they do not agree with the statement, they will stay where they are. Students will return to their original place to reset after each question.
  • Read each one of these statements:
    • I prefer to work by myself rather than with a group.
    • I am really great at reading maps.
    • I love working with puzzles.
    • I would rather someone show me how something works rather than talk to me about it.
    • I love activities that are hands-on.
    • When I read, I hear the words inside my head.
    • Two heads are better than one.
    • I like to talk through math problems out loud.
  • Explain that each of these statements is a reflection of a different learning style. We all learn in different ways and, as their teacher, it is important for you know how they learn best.

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