In previous time, I have not taken interested in human’s intelligence at all. However, after having some experiences from the two first lessons of Primary Teacher Training Course, I feel highly enthusiastic in sharing something about Multiple Intelligences. Indeed, it took me a lot of time to study all the types of intelligences and how to apply this useful knowledge to teach English for young learners.
The theory about Multiple Intelligences is from Howard Gardner who supposed that human – being has dominance in some abilities but weaker in the others and children are not exception. According to Howard Gardner, the name of intelligences includes: Linguistic / Verbal, Logical / Mathematical, Visual / Spatial, Bodily / Kinaesthetic, Musical, Interpersonal, and Intrapersonal. Perhaps, you will wonder that what characteristics are typical of people who are master some of intelligences. For example, a child, who is good at reasoning and thinking logically, will be considered that having logical / mathematical intelligence. Similarly, if the child is fond of hearing and making sounds and rhythm in music, she or he will certainly trend to musical intelligence. Otherwise, the child can control the body and handle the objects very well, she or he may be kinaesthtic person. In the other hand, a child who has an aptitude for linguistics, seems to be sensitive to words and sounds, and the use of language. How about children who can understand the visual world and respond well to it? They are really spatial / visual people. For children understanding our own feelings and controlling our own behavior, they are inclined to have intrapersonal intelligence. Finally, the children who are quite sensitive to feeling of others and responding well can have interpersonal intelligence. To teach English for young learners, the teacher should be close to student and try to find out what kind of intelligences each pupil belongs to. Before making lesson plan, we should choose the suitable activities to encourage our students to develop to a high degree their intelligence as much as possible.
In conclusion, everyone has their own abilities in some types of intelligences. To help our children to feel interested in each lesson, we must try our best to associate some different activities to raise children’s intelligence.
It’s all my share about Multiple Intelligences. Thanks for your reading!