Individual Learner Differences in SLA
Beginning from the conflict between individual learner differences and the institutionalized, often inflexible character of formal language instruction, Individual Learner Differences in SLA addresses the fact that despite this apparent conflict, ultimate success in learning a language is widespread.
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This special issue addresses the subject of individual learner differences in second language learning, a topic whose complexity has meant little conclusive knowledge and thus need for continuing investigation. This paper offers a brief but broad overview of the field of individual differences in language learning, especially as they are reflected in learning styles, learning strategies, and affective variables. But how does a teacher go about teaching them the language skills so that they become more interested in the language? Also how does a teacher maintain their interest in second language learning when it is not seen as important for their immediate needs other than to pass examination? All forms of language teaching could be greatly improved if teacher had a better understanding of the language learner and of the language learning process itself. It is essential to recognize that there are individual differences between learners.