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Volume 4 Number 1, Spring 2007, Pages 1-200   


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Bridging the Gap Between Teaching Styles and Learning Styles: A Cross-cultural Perspective

    Lixin Xiao


This paper investigates the nature of the mismatch caused by culture-based differences in perceptions and expectations of L2 teaching and learning style preferences between irish English teachers and Chinese students in the learning setting. A survey was conducted which included questionnaire, interview and class observation at two language institutes in Dublin, ireland. The findings suggest the mutual awareness of the 'cultures of learning' be required. it is mutual responsibility to gain intercultural understanding so as to ensure effective teaching and learning outcome. Teachers ought to develop awareness of their learners' culture of learning including their needs, wants, capacities, potentials and learning style preferences to meet learners' expectations and to foster their guided style-stretching. in the meantime, Chinese students also need to learn to develop sense of cultural sensitivity to reflect their own learning styles and strategy use to gradually adapt to the irish school culture. Finally appropriate bridging strategies are recommended to native English-speaker teachers who are engaged in teaching Chinese ESL learners in their home institutions.