Strength for Today and Bright Hope for Tomorrow

Volume 10 : 1 January 2010
ISSN 1930-2940

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Multiple Intelligences and Second Language Learning

S. Diravidamani , M.A. Candidate

Language acquisition is an interactive process. Language is a social interchange, interpersonal and intrapersonal intelligences interact in complex and subtle ways during the communication process. Interpersonal intelligence can be seen to play a key role in second language learning as well.

There happens to be a lot of ELT theories being practiced in the class room situation for learning a second language. All theories focus only on language acquisition but not leading to the development of intelligences.

The Focus of This Paper

This paper focuses on using multiple intelligences in acquiring second language. I take a few stanzas of the poem 'The Fly' by William Blake and analyze the poem linguistically and involve my student-friends to interact so that inter and intrapersonal intelligences can be built in.

This is possible in a class room situation where students can easily be made to develop their intelligences and learn the language.

Multiple Intelligences Theory

Multiple Intelligences Theory, proposed by Gardner (1983), redefines the intelligence by valuing many more abilities that seem to be irrelevant for intelligence test but actually are essential for life. Thus, we have more than one intelligence and each one is responsible for a different domain and therefore they make everyone unique and special.

These intelligences are

1. Linguistic Intelligence (Word Smart)

2. Logical - Mathematical Intelligence (Number/Reasoning Smart)

3. Spatial Intelligence (Picture Smart)

4. Bodily Kinesthetic Intelligence (Body Smart) 5. Musical Intelligence (Music Smart)

6. Interpersonal Intelligence (People Smart)

7. Intrapersonal Intelligence (Self Smart)

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Linguistic Purism and Language Planning in a Multilingual Context | The Problems of Teaching/Learning Tenses | Language and Literature: An Exposition - Papers Presented in Karunya University International Seminar | Similes in Meghduta - The Absolute Craftsmanship in Language | Culture of the Tamil Society as Portrayed in Ponniyin Selvan | Deconstructing Human Society: An Appreciation of Amitav Ghosh's Sea Of Poppies | Enabling Students to Interpret Literary Texts Independently by Enhancing their Vocabulary | Coping with the Problems of Mixed Ability Students | Displaced Diasporic Identities - A Case Study of Mordecai Richler's The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz | English Language Teaching in Developing Countries Error Analysis and Remedial Teaching Methods - An Overview | Diaspora Literature - A Hybrid or a Hybridized Product? | Anita Desai's Journey To Ithaca - A Manifestation of Vedantic Knowledge | A Study on the Physiological, Psychological and Spiritual Perspectives of Different Selves in a Self with Special Reference to Yann Martel's SELF | Conveniences and Complexities of Computer-Aided Language Learning | The Danger Lurking Within: The African American Woman in Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye | Practices and Paradigms of Using Multimedia and Language Laboratory for Teaching Communication Skills to Technical Students | English: A Blessing in Disguise - A Study of Chinua Achebe's Technique of Hybridization | Language Teaching - The Present Day Challenges | Is Literature a Viable Medium for ESL Acquisition? | The Lord of The Rings : Galadriel, The Light Of Middle-Earth | Teaching Reading - A Challenge in Itself | The Silent Way | Translator as Reader: Phenomenology and Text Reception - An Investigation of Indulekha | The Dysfunctional Women in Mary Gordon'sThe Other Side | Utopia and Dystopia, Conflict Between Two Extremes - An Appraisal of Anita Desai's Cry, The Peacock | Reading 'god' Backwards | The Comic Vision in the Stories and Sketches of R.K.Narayan | My Responses to The English Teacher | 'Fall from Grace into Grief': Putting into Perspective the Outrages of Terrorism in Salman Rushdie's Shalimar the Clown | Style and Language in M. G. Vassanji's The Assassin's Song | Affirmation of Life in Lloyd C. Douglas' Magnificent Obsession | Effectiveness of Group Investigation Model and Simulation Model in Teaching English | A Mathematical Treatment of Feministic Literature for the Prediction of Social Trends | Multiple Intelligences and Second Language Learning | Amitav Ghosh's The Circle Of Reason - A Study of Diaspora | The Role of Multimedia in Teaching Writing in English | A PRINT VERSION OF ALL THE PAPERS OF JANUARY 2010 ISSUE IN BOOK FORMAT | HOME PAGE of January 2010 Issue | HOME PAGE | CONTACT EDITOR

S. Diravidamani, M.A. Candidate
Bharathiar University
Tamilnadu, India

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