Students’ Learning Styles in English Speaking Activities

Nur Jannah(1), Kisman Salija(2), Chairil Anwar Korompot(3*),

(1) Universitas Negeri Makassar
(2) Universitas Negeri Makassar
(3) Universitas Negeri Makassar
(*) Corresponding Author


This research aimed to determine the students’ learning styles, problems, and solutions experienced in speaking English activities based on their learning styles. This research used descriptive qualitative research. The students of the XI DPIB class at SMKN 2 Makassar were chosen as the subject of the research. The data was collected through a BLSI questionnaire and semi-structured interviews. The results of this research showed that: (1) students have three learning styles consisting of “visual” learning style with 12 students, “auditory” learning style with 16 students, and “kinesthetic” learning style with 5 students. (2) The problems experienced by the student in English speaking activities based on the learning styles of students, such as problems of visual learners including pronunciation, feelings of embarrassment, and understanding; problems with auditory learners in the form of lack of focus and distraction from other sounds, lack of vocabulary, disinterest in reading, and grammar; while the problems with kinesthetic learners including difficulty pronouncing words, not being used to speaking, and lack of movement. (3) The solutions from visual learners include asking for help and asking someone, listening more, interacting with other people, and practicing reading directly; the solutions from auditory learners include focusing on the speaker, learning to listen better, mixing languages, easier to listen than to read, and more explanations; while the solutions from kinesthetic learners include doing consistent practice, involving physical movement, and learning by practice.


Learning style; speaking; problem; solution

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