LEARNING STYLES PREFERENCE, GENDER AND ENGLISH LANGUAGE PERFORMANCE OF EFL LIBYAN SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS IN MALAYSIA
Keywords: Learning styles preference, gender, English as a Foreign Language
The purpose of this study is to determine if there were relationships among learning style preference, gender and English language performance of EFL Libyan secondary school students in Malaysia. Specifically, the study was guided by three research questions focused on Libyan student’s level of performance in EFL class in Malaysia, their learning styles and gender, and the relationship between students’ learning styles and their English language performance. There has been a limited number of studies on Libyan secondary schools’ student studying in Malaysia. This study was a correlational study involving 108 Libyan secondary school students in Malaysia. Data was analysed using the statistical package for Social Science (SPSS, version 20.0). The results showed that most learners who participated in this study had a medium proficiency level in the English language and majority of the Libyan students preferred independent learning style. It was found that there was a difference in the learning styles preferred by female and male secondary school students. The study also revealed that there was no significant relationship between students’ overall learning styles and their English language performance and.
Recommendations were offered. Future researches could use more than one school to obtain accurate results and could also focus on gender biases.