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Volume 10 : 10 October 2010
ISSN 1930-2940

Managing Editor: M. S. Thirumalai, Ph.D.
Editors: B. Mallikarjun, Ph.D.
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         G. Baskaran, Ph.D.



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Multiple Intelligences, Blended Learning and the English Teacher

Prasanta Chakraborty, Ph.D.


Taare Zameen Par is a stimulation to handle multiple intelligences in a classroom. In 1983, Dr. Howard Gardner proposed eight different intelligences asking the teaching community to take into account all the varieties of intelligences to assess the potential in the students.

Teachers should be trained to present their lessons in a wide variety of ways. The challenge is to involve many more teachers, school administrators, and others to adopt this unique teaching philosophy, to provide each child an opportunity to learn in ways best suited to his/her unique frame of mind. It may not be feasible for many teachers to handle a classroom full of students with multiple intelligences by their own but the modern communication technology, if adopted, could help them face this challenge.

Thus, blended learning can be seen also as the linkage among teachers of English, learners, and classroom located in two separate places. At times, blended learning might supplement English course readings and activities with online articles, simulations, video clips of events and other resources. Because of its flexibility, blended learning is preferred by the English teacher equipped with the know-how of modern communication technology. A teacher can introduce an English lesson on grammar in the classroom and then proceed online. The teacher's role becomes that of learning facilitator ensuring if it be a face-to-face interaction, an online course or a blended course.

There is social pressure on English teachers to prepare students down-to-business participation in an increasingly global society and give them opportunities to be at par with financially privileged professionals. Thus a programme on Business English can be implemented through a blended learning strategy. However, with computer, Internet in the classroom, it is the language teacher with his/her experience and knowledge that will identify the resource and the facilities suited for an individual learner with his/her unique intelligence and extend them the direction needed.

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Prasanta Chakraborty, Ph.D.
Department of English
Women's College
Tripura, India

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