Hello everyone! My name is Vu Thi
I am joining the PELT course in this semester. I discover many interesting and helpful things about this course. Today, I want to share something that I learned recently: “Multiple Intelligences” (MS).
Howard Gardner initially formulated a list of seven intelligences. The first two have been typically valued in schools; the next three are usually associated with the arts; and the final two are what Howard Gardner called ‘personal intelligences’ (Gardner 1999: 41-43). There are seven kinds of intelligences which have been identified by Gardner: Linguistic, Logical-mathematical, Musical, Bodily-kinesthetic, Spatial/ Visual, Interpersonal, and Intrapersonal intelligence.
Normally, each of us has some types of these intelligences. In addition, there are the differences in form among individuals, and student can acquire knowledge effectively by many diverse ways. Therefore, it is important that teacher need to indentify the patterns of intelligences in their student. Teacher should take advantage the strengths to help student get knowledge better.
Firstly, teacher can observe children in an English class and classify their student’s strong points through a MIs test. This step is essential for teacher in finding an optimal method of teaching. If the majority of student in class have the capacity for visuality and music, teacher use songs and pictures as the useful tool to introduce new knowledge. Teaching vocabulary by pictures and sounds is a sensible suggestion.
Secondly, although student may be good at some factors, teacher shouldn’t tend to encourage only student’s strength without care other things. The intelligence of children is not a constant which can be changed by training. Thus, teacher shouldn’t miss a chance to help children gain the full development. Changes in learning methods will give student time to discover and improve their ability what they didn’t realize. For example, when teacher want to introduce a text in new lesson, they can show a video which contains information of the text. They ask student to see this video and then do some tasks. These tasks often relate to the use of other elements to do like mathematical ability, visual intelligence.
Lastly, to sum up, I think that there is no method for perfection. The suitable way to teaching English effectively is base on teacher’s understanding about student that will be helpful for teacher in constructing the plan of teaching. Does MIs theory mean anything to you?