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The Interaction Between Field Dependent / Independent Learning Styles and Learners ’ Linguality in Third Language Acquisition

By Mojtaba Maghsudi


Field Independent hinges on the perceptual skill of “seeing the forest for the trees. ” A person who can easily recognize the hidden castle or human face in 3-D posters and a child who can spot the monkeys camouflaged within the trees and leaves of an exotic forest in coloring books tend toward a field independent style. The “field ” may be perceptual or it may be abstract, such as a set of ideas, thoughts, or feelings from which the task is to perceive specific subsets. Field dependence is, conversely, the tendency to be “dependent ” on the total field so that the parts embedded within the field are not easily perceived, though that total field is perceived most clearly as a unified whole. In the present study the interaction between the learners ’ learning styles and their linguality in language acquisition was investigated. Results of data analysis indicated that there is a significant difference between dependent and independent students in their English Achievement Test scores, while there is NO significant interaction between students ’ learning styles and gender in their English Achievement Test scores. It was also indicated that there is NO significant interaction between students ’ learning styles and their linguality in English Achievement Test scores. Key words: Dependent / Independent learner, Linguality, Language acquisitio

Year: 2011
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