APRIL SALVADOR (KING MONGKUT'S UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY THONBURI)
NATJIREE JATURAPITAKKUL (King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi)

THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THAI EFL LEARNERS LANGUAGE LEARNING STYLES AND THEIR SPEAKING PROFICIENCY : LANGUAGE LEARNING

This paper aims to identify the perceived language learning styles of Thai EFL students with different academic standing and to investigate the relationship between students’ language learning styles and their speaking proficiency. 135 Thai students from a public secondary school participated in the study. Their language learning styles were gathered using a questionnaire while a speaking test was administered to examine their speaking proficiency. Descriptive statistics and the Eta statistic for the strength of association were employed for data analysis. The result revealed that visual learning style was ultimately perceived by majority of Thai learners, followed by auditory, and tactile. However, there was no significant relationship between their language learning styles and their speaking proficiency. The findings imply teachers to tailor teaching methods based on different learning styles so as to aid students’ comprehension and eventually improve the learners’ self-motivation and speaking ability.

April Salvador is currently a student in M.A. in Applied Linguistics for English Language Teaching at School of Liberal Arts, King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT). She is an English instructor at Chandrakasem Rajabhat University in Bangkok. Her research interests are language learning and ELT professional development.

Natjiree Jaturapitakkul, Ph.D. is an assistant professor in the Department of Language Studies, School of Liberal Arts, King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi. Her research interests include English language teaching and learning, language testing, test development and English for Specific Purposes.