Ekşı, Gonca
June 2009
Ekev Academic Review;Summer2009, Vol. 13 Issue 40, p51
Academic Journal
Howard Gardner's Multiple Intelligence (MI) theory suggests that we all possess at least eight "intelligences": Linguistic, Logical-Mathematical, Visual-Spatial, Bodily Kinesthetic, Interpersonal, Intrapersonal, Musical, and Naturalist intelligences. Each of us has an intelligence profile, made up of different amounts of each intelligence. The idea has stirred a lot of discussion and interest in the field of education and has strongly influenced teaching. What are the implications of MI theory for EFL teaching to very young learners? Planning language lessons that appeal to a variety of intelligences in young learners can greatly increase the likelihood that the child will learn. In this study, a group of 18 Kindergarten children at a private nursery school in Ankara are administered Teele's multiple intelligences inventory and their multiple intelligences profiles are determined. Later, a short story in English with activities that will satisfy all intelligences is studied with the learners. The lesson is recorded and observed by a fellow teacher and oral feedback is received from the learners and the observant.


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