Multiple intelligence ( MIs)- Phan Thi Nhung

Before learning the lesson 1 of Primary Training Course, I have no definition of what MIs are. I only think that when we are good at any field, it means that we are intelligent. Of course, after the 1st lesson I knew something about it, especially, about multiple intelligences. Basing on the lesson, I know that everyone has their own intelligences, dislikes each other. MIs are also the base to access students and teacher can use them as tools to discover and develop students’ abilities with suitable fields.

According to Gardner’s theory, MIs are “the capacity to solve problems or to fashion products that are valued in one or more cultural setting” (Gardner & Hatch, 1989). MIs include seven intelligences: verbal/ linguistic, logical/ mathematical, spatial/ visual, bodily- kinesthetic, musical, interpersonal and intrapersonal intelligence. In the first type, they are people who are good at presenting, speaking. They are sensitive with words and flexible in using language. This group of people may be good at listening, story telling, analysis..

In the 2nd type- logical/ mathematic intelligence, this group have trendy to be good at calculating and number. They are sensitive with exact number. This group are good at solving problems and classification, working with mathematic.. Spatial/ visual group includes people who understand visual words very well. These people are usually good at reading, writing, using charts, painting, designing.

The next type is bodily- kinesthetic intelligence. This group consists of people who can control the body and use their postures to express. These people are usually interested in fields of art such as dancing, sports..or using body language, expressing through emotions, postures. The next one is musical intelligence. People who can hear and make sounds and rhythm in music, belong to this group. They can surely sing, play musical instruments, compose, remember melodies…

The 6th type is interpersonal intelligence. They are people who can be sensitive to feeling of others and responding well. They can see things from other perspectives, listening, using both verbal and non- verbal communication. The last one is intrapersonal intelligence. This group consists of people who can understand their own feelings and control their behavior.

In conclusion, each people have his own intelligence, one or more than one. This thing can be your strength but it is my weakness. The important thing is that we have to find out what is our strengths and weaknesses to develop them. Teachers can use many ways to know what type of intelligences that students belong to and develop them.



One thought on “Multiple intelligence ( MIs)- Phan Thi Nhung

  1. Hi Nhung. I want to say thank you for sharing about MIs. I have just read your writing. I saw that your writing is a bit good. I agree with you. Initially, we don’t have concept about MIs. Most people think if they are good at something, they are intelligent. It is not suitable when we learn about MIs. We can know that each person will be good at different fields in life, nobody is pefect. You gave some types of intelligences, we could understand it. However, you should give some clear examples and tell us How can you apply MIs to Primary English teaching?
    We can teach everything for students but which way will we teach? I think you only need to add some specific activities, your writing will be better.
    It’s my opinion, I hope you can get it. 🙂

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