Implication of Multiple Intelligences Test in Primary English Language Teaching
After learning English Teaching for High school and Primary English Language Teaching subjects, I can know clearly about the concept of Multiple Intelligences (MIs) and get some methods for teaching students in the future. MIs, according to Howard Gardner (a professor at Harvard), is the way to demonstrate the intellectual ability, and includes 8 aspects: Linguistic intelligence, Logical-mathematical intelligence, Visual-Spatial intelligence, Bodily-Kinesthetic intelligence, Musical intelligence, Interpersonal intelligence, Intrapersonal intelligence, Naturalist intelligence. MIs will tell you where does your true intelligence lie, that means you can know where you stand and what should you do. You can define some characteristics you have (consist of strong points and weak points). Since that, you can concentrate on your strong points to develop your ability and give career orientation in the future.
In primary English language teaching, using MIs has an important role in classifying students. Each of students has their own potential; one student may be strong in Linguistic intelligence and weak in Musical intelligence while another is strong in Logical-mathematical intelligence. Therefore, MIs will help determine areas of natural ability and potential. This can then be used to focus on those subjects in school or to build up weak areas or potential problems. These tests help you determine which aspects are strengths for your students and what can you do to help them. For example, a child with Linguistic intelligence will often enjoy reading, remember words and meanings. Basing on these characteristics, teacher should give students games involving in guessing word or remembering words, give them short stories to read and retell…in the lessons. And a child with musical intelligence will often make up songs and learn music quickly, so teacher should using songs or tunes to promote them and help them learn English easily. With students in primary schools, teachers should use MIs to classify students based on their strengths and have proper methods to teach them effectively. Especially, when teaching English for children in primary schools, teachers should focus on MIs to know what areas are their students good at and then decide when using songs, games or stories…in their English lessons. Besides basing on strong points, teachers can catch their students’ weak points to help them fix and balance their ability.
To sum up, using MIs is the good way for teacher to decide what ways teacher should use in teaching English for primary students. Using games, songs or outdoor activities…depends on the students’ strengths in that class.