The Verbal Learner


Verbal learning includes WRITTEN and SPOKEN words, and these learners enjoy playing with words. Also known as linguistic learners, the verbal learner is normally a good reader, and enjoys rhymes, tongue twisters, and will use phrases similar to “lets talk about it”; “in other words”; “can we talk”.

Verbal learners are often good at public speaking, debating and writing.


Verbal learners:

• Love words
• Verbal learners express themselves through words, talk about ideas and feelings.
• Enjoy writing and talking.
• Verbal learners enjoy reading and finding the meanings of different words.
• Remember through writing.
• Play with words, puns limericks etc.
• Verbal learners remember better with phrasing and mnemonics.
• Remember through dramatics, reading content, role-playing


Helping the verbal learner:

• Create songs with the material.
• ask the learner to say back to you what you have just shown them. Put the instruction in their own words.
• Use group work, where they can discuss the work. Pair with another verbal learner.
• Give them time to draw / write eg for pre-school ages, learners can trace over the letters or numbers they are learning about.
• Allow them to talk and ask questions. To not frustrate other learners, try and integrate what they are saying into the lesson, without losing focus of what you are teaching. Putting verbal learners together in a group would work better that a verbal and visual learner. Visual learners do better with graphs and pictures, where a verbal learner needs to talk about the concept.
• Encourage sleep in the learners, to aid memory


Definition of "mnemonics"

Taking the first letter in a list of items and making them into an easy-to-remember name

e.g. the colours of the rainbow:

R (red) O (orange) Y (yellow) Gained (green) Battles (blue) In (indigo) Vain (violet)