How to Deal with Intuitive Learners

Experienced educators (teacher and lecturer) do know that learners are varied in terms of how they acquire and understand the lesson. One kind of learners is known as intuitive learners. This post discusses how to deal with students with feeling-dominant in language learning context.

Who are Intuitive Learners?

In order to be intuitive, experience is needed. Then it can simply be concluded that intuitive learner learns best through prior experiences.

New idea comes suddenly in a rather intuitive way. Intuition is nothing but the outcome of earlier intellectual experience -Albert Einstein-

Stevick (1989) in "Success in Foreign Languages: Seven who achieve it and what worked for them" illustrates intuitive learners in language learning context as those who learn best through listening. The story (in Chapter 1) implies that a student acquired her target language through listening. She became familiar with her target language because she had good amount of experiences by listening the language spoken by native speaker. Furthermore, repetition is essential for consolidating language learning (Stăncună & Crăciun, 2011)1

Dealing with Intuitive Learner

In dealing with intuitive learners, educators are required to be able to stimulate the students to conceptualize learning points and provide the students space as well as time to 2. Since they rely on hearing, there are some options that can can be considered.

Podcast

In my another blog-post entitled "Learn English through Podcast: My favorite channels", I provided some podcast channels that can help non-native English speakers improve their listening skill. Podcast can be a good medium to acquire new words as well as how to pronounce them right. Thing I like when listening to podcast is that it allows me to listen through my phone while it is in standby mode. It lets me learn even while I am jogging.

Youtube

Youtube can also be a good medium to help intuitive learners learning English. There are some channels on Youtube which is maintained by native speakers of English. All lessons are free of charge. But, Youtube is not flexible enough since it requires your phone screen to be always on.


  1. doi:10.1016/j.sbspro.2011.01.036 ↩︎

  2. www7.cityu.edu.hk/sspltr/p1/preparation/Lecture_notes/Intuitive_Learner.html ↩︎