It is undeniable that learners have different preferences i.e. styles in the way they process, perceive, take in and understand information. Understanding these preferences is of vital significance in the teaching and learning process. Researches on learning styles and strategies are very important as they can provide school teachers with new directions for making changes in their classrooms.This study aims at describing the relationship between strategies and learning styles and its impact on the students’ success or failure in learning English as a foreign language.
A survey of a well-structured questionnaire on learning strategies and styles has been designed and administered among 60 EFL students in Hodeida University, Yemen. Their responses were analyzed using statistical tests by using the SPSS. The results show that certain strategies such as contacts with native speakers, and some styles, such as auditory preference in the training of listening, are positively correlated with the perception of successful learning of English as a foreign language.
Keywords: Yemeni student, Foreign language, Learning style, Learning strategies, Self-efficacy.