After the first lesson of Primary English Language Teaching, I know and understand what Multiple Intelligences (MIs) are and how they important in teaching language to children. The theory of multiple intelligences was purposed by Howard Gardner in his 1983 book Frame of Mind: the theory of multiple intelligences as a model of intelligences that differentiates it into specific (primary sensory) “modalities”, rather than seeing it as dominated by a single general ability. One major criticism of the thery is that Gardner is not expanding the definition of the word “ intelligence”, but rather denies of the exstense of intelligence as traditionally understood, and instead uses the word “intelligence” where other people have traditionally used words like “ability” and :apitude”
There are seven different types of intelligences: verbal-linguistic, logical-mathematical, spatial-visual, bodily-kinesthetic, musical, interpersonal and intrapersonal intelligenses. Firstly, people with high verbal-linguistic intelligence display a facility with words and languages. They are typically good at reading, writing, telling stories and memorizing words along with dates. Secondly, this area has to do with logic, abstractions, reasoning, numbers and critical thinking.This also has to do with having the capacity to understand the underlying principles of some kind of causal system. Thirdly, this area deals with spatial judgment and the ability to visualize with the mind’s eye. Fourth, people who have bodily-kinesthetic intelligence should learn better by involving muscular movement (e.g. getting up and moving around into the learning experience), and be generally good at physical activities such as sports, dance, acting, and making things. Fifth, people with a high musical intelligence normally have good pitch and may even have absolute pitch , and are able to sing, play musical instruments, and compose music. Sixth, it means that they typically learn best by working with others and often enjoy discussion and debate. Lastly, you can understand your own interior thoughts and feeling in a very clear way.
I think that when we do with children, especially children in primary school, the understanding of the multiple of intelligences is so important. Teachers can recognize the ability of each students on order to have the suitable methods in teaching. From that we can get the good results as well as reveal special ability of each student to hepl them develop in all sides. However I think it is difficult to get this. I think teacher can present material to be learnt in authentic environments, encourage children to develop competensies arcoss all intelligences, develop an interdisciplinary curiculum to facilitate the interconnections among the intelligences, and encourage the cooperation of parents and community in students’education.
In conclusion, Mis play an important role in teaching, especially in primary school. Teacher should understand about this aspect to have approriate method in teaching.