The incidence of learning styles in the index of individual lexical availability of foreign Spanish students

  • Javier Domínguez Pelegrín National Distance Education University (UNED)
Keywords: learning styles, lexis, lexical availability, available lexicon, Spanish as a foreign language

Abstract

The concept of learning styles emerged in the field of psychology in the 1930’s. Nevertheless, it did not appear in the field of languages teaching until the 1970’s due to the study of the good apprentice (Reid, 1975). On the other hand, lexical availability is a branch of study of applied linguistics, which emerged in Latin America at the beginning of the 1970’s, whose aim is to develop the atlas of the Spanish available lexicon; that is, provide the lexical units that speakers from each region use more often according to the topic of conversation. In this article, we describe an empirical study in which these two elements, learning styles (LS) and lexical availability (LA), are related and whose fundamental aspects are addressed in the theoretical framework. Next, in the methodology we reveal the objectives and hypotheses of the research, the sample and the instruments. Finally, we present the results of the study.

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Published
2019-12-22
How to Cite
Domínguez Pelegrín, J. (2019). The incidence of learning styles in the index of individual lexical availability of foreign Spanish students. Verba Hispanica, 27(1), 93-113. https://doi.org/10.4312/vh.27.1.93-113