Do Horoscopes Influence the Process of Language Learning? A Model-Based Research Report Theme: Astronomy Scientific Findings
As teachers of language it is our common experience that we have to incorporate a plethora of teaching methodologies in our classroom situations. One specific way of teaching may not be suitable for the learners with different learning preferences and it may not always be receiving bouquets but brickbats too. Sometimes we even go to such a stage of contemplation that whether it is destiny which decides upon their learning potentiality. The main aim of the current study is to explore the relevance between the learners’ horoscopes and learning abilities indicated in Reid’s Perceptual Styles Questionnaire. And, in doing so it studied the variation in learners’ preferences and their attitudes towards Language learning based upon the predictions made in their horoscopes. The parameters taken into consideration for testing their language abilities were Communication, Reading skills and Writing skills. Standardized Model Tests (GRE, TOEFL) were conducted to evaluate their performances and later their performance scores were matched with the predictions made in their horoscopes. Interestingly 90% of the results indicated that the students’ performances matched with the learning styles and preferences predicted in their horoscopes. Though the study needs further implications, it is believed that it provides the teachers with the ability of classifying a mixed-ability classroom and designing relevant tasks to suit the learners’ interests.
Dr. Ch. Suvarna Ragini
Department of English, Chaitanya Bharathi Institute of Technology, Hyderabad, India.
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