Learning styles as predictors of Iranian EFL Children’s self-esteem and anxiety

Abbas Ali Zarei, Rajab Esfandiari, Zohreh Keshavarz

Abstract


The present study was conducted to investigate learning styles (Visual, auditory, kinesthetic, tactile, individual, and group) as predictors of self-esteem and anxiety. The participants were 90 male and female young EFL learners studying English at a language institute in Qazvin, Iran. The instruments included Young Learners English Starter test (YLE), Young EFL Learners’ Learning Style Questionnaire, Self-Esteem Inventory, and Foreign Language Classroom Anxiety Scale (FLCAS). Data were analyzed through correlation coefficient and multiple regression analyses. Results indicated that auditory style had predictive power on self-esteem, but none of the six learning styles could predict anxiety. There was also a significant correlation between learners’ self-esteem and anxiety. The present study can have implications for teachers, syllabus designers, material developers, and researchers.  


Keywords


learning styles; self-esteem; anxiety

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