Multiple Intelligences

My name’s Tuyet. Today, I am very glad to share my journal about multiple intelligences for PELT.

After the first lesson of Primary English Language Teaching, I got more knowledge about the subject, especially is multiple intelligences. I feel that this subject is really important to me, special is multiple intelligences. Multiple intelligences is a theory from Howard Gardner which suggests that the range of intelligences or abilities, not just one fixed one. Everyone is strong in some abilities and weaker in other aspect and by this way, they can choose the suitable teaching methods to improve teaching quality.

As you know, multiple intelligences has 7 kinds of include: Verbal/ linguistic intelligence (language), logical/ mathematical (number), visual/ spatial (view), bodily- kinaesthetic (physical, gesture), musical, interpersonal and intrapersonal intelligences. Each kind of MIs has pros and cons for English training primary.

The first, verbal/ linguistic Intelligence: the ability to use language to express what’s on your mind and to understand other people. People can be develop yourself   throughout listening, speaking, analyzing language usage… The second, logical/mathematical intelligence: the capacity to understand the underlying principles of some kind of causal system, the way a scientist or a logician does; or to manipulate numbers, quantities, and operations, the way a mathematician does. The third, musical rhythmic intelligence: the ability to think in music; to be able to hear patterns, recognizes them, and perhaps manipulates them. People who have strong musical intelligence don’t just remember music easily, they can’t get it out of their minds.

The fourth, bodily/kinesthetic intelligence: the capacity to use your whole body or parts of your body (your hands, your fingers, your arms) to solve a problem, make something, or put on some kind of production. The fifth, spatial intelligence: the ability to represent the spatial world internally in your mind throughout understanding the visual world and responding well to it. Spatial intelligence can be used in the arts or in the sciences. The next, intrapersonal intelligence: having an understanding of yourself; knowing who you are, what you can do, what you want to do, how you react to things, which things to avoid, and which things to gravitate toward. The last, interpersonal intelligence: the ability to understand other people. It’s an ability we all need, but is especially important for teachers, clinicians, salespersons, or politicians — anybody who deals with other people.

MIs play an important role in teaching language to students. Teachers have to apply MIs in effective methods to help students improve their intelligence. In addition, I want to say that if you want to be good at teaching young children, you must understand them first and I hope that this subject will help you to improve skills in your life.

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