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The Energetic Learner

 

Introduction
 

While the Structured Learner thrives on order and predictability, the Energetic Learner needs freedom. Whether you are organizing a program for other people or for yourself, this module can help you better understand how an Energetic Learner learns best.

Motivations
 

Here are some things usually important to an Energetic Learner:

 
  • Lots of activity
  • A chance to do things with people
  • Variety
  • Adventure and risk
  • Personal involvement in activities
  • Hands-on activities
Strengths
 

Here are some strengths typical of the Energetic Learner:

 
  • Adaptability
  • Willingness to get out into the community and get involved
  • Desire to interact with people
  • Willingness to take risks
Potential pitfalls
 

Here are some potential pitfalls of the Energetic Learner:

 
  • May ignore accuracy
  • May act too quickly
  • May be unwilling to take time to plan a program
  • May be satisfied with speaking incorrectly, as long as the message gets across
  • May have gaps in knowledge because of unsystematic language learning
Preferred Learning Environments
 

Here are some learning environments the Energetic Learner will probably enjoy:

 
  • Community language setting with opportunity for involvement in their activities
  • Learning activities that can be linked to other enjoyable activities
  • Classroom settings that allow for lots of variety, flexibility, action, groupwork, and field trips
Difficult learning environments
 

Here are some learning environments the Energetic Learner will probably find difficult:

 
  • Traditional classroom situations that require spending time alone, doing repetitive exercises, and working with pencil and paper
  • Any program that is rigidly structured and does not allow for variety and spontaneity
  • Possible cultural or psychological barriers to joining in activities with people; as when people are naturally reserved or xenophobic
Language learning approach
 

To see a description of an approach to language learning recommended for this type of learner, see: The Energetic approach to language learning.


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