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Instructor: Christine Serva

Christine is an instructional designer, educator, and writer with a particular interest in the social sciences and American studies.

In this lesson, consider what qualities you'll find in a verbal/linguistic learner and what strategies can support them. Come away with some concrete examples to try in your own classroom.

A Way with Words

Do you love learning new words? Do you find that discussion and conversation tend to help you grasp information from a class? Are you a natural-born writer or speaker? Does entering a library make you swoon?

If so, you may have an inclination toward a verbal/linguistic style of learning. In this lesson, you'll learn more about what this style entails and how to better support students who learn best through words.

Verbal/Linguistic Learning Style

When one learns best through the written and spoken word, the person can be said to have a verbal/linguistic learning style. Verbal learning style can be closely associated with an auditory learning style, in which a person learns best from what they hear, but verbal learners are specifically interested in the words they hear.

A person who leans toward a verbal/linguistic learning style will tend to pick up new words easily and have a large vocabulary. Words may be pleasurable to this person, including a willingness to read a great deal or simply prefer the written and spoken word to other forms of learning, such as hands-on tasks.

This doesn't mean a person can't or won't learn through other approaches, just that this is a preference of the person. Think about learning style as similar to having a dominant hand. While we are most comfortable and effective using that hand, if we have to switch hands or learning styles, we can.

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