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Multiple intelligences activities are useful for English teaching in a variety of situations. The most important aspect of using multiple intelligence activities in class is that you will be giving support to learners who may find more traditional activities difficult. The basic idea behind multiple intelligence activities is that people learn using different types of intelligences. For instance, spelling can be learned through typing which uses kinetic intelligences.

Multiple intelligences were first introduced by in the theory of multiple intelligences was developed in 1983 by Dr. Howard Gardner, professor of education at Harvard University.

This guide to multiple intelligence activities for the English learning classroom provides ideas on types of multiple intelligence activities you to consider when planning English lessons that will appeal to a wide range of learners. For more information on multiple intelligences in English teaching, this article on using BRAIN friendly English learning will be of help. If you are unsure of how to use some of these ideas, you can find complete multiple intelligence lesson plans in this guide focusing on the use of multiple intelligence activities in ESL lessons.

To begin with here is a quick overview of the eight multiple intelligences posited by Dr. Gardner:

Verbal / Linguistic

Common in most classrooms, verbal - linguistic intelligences focuses on learning through the use of words.

Visual / Spatial

Visual - spatial intelligences uses visual aids such as graphs, photos, diagrams, etc. in the learning process.

Body / Kinesthetic

Learning through movement is the basic idea of body - kinesthetic learning. Kinesthetic knowledge is common in sports and other skills we acquire through movement.

Interpersonal

Interpersonal skills are important in language learning as they relate to the ability of communicating effectively.

Logical / Mathematical

Logical and mathematical understanding can be very helpful when analyzing language and grammar usage.

Intrapersonal

Intrapersonal skills are related to interpersonal skills, but focus on personal expression.

Environmental

Environmental intelligence relates to an understanding of the world around us.

Multiple Intelligence Activities By Category for the English Learning Classroom

Verbal / Linguistic

Visual / Spatial

Body / Kinesthetic

  • Typing
  • Movement games (especially popular in children's English classes)
  • Role plays / drama
  • Pantomime vocabulary activities
  • Facial expression games
  • For classes with access to athletic facilities, explanation of sporting rules

Interpersonal

Logical / Mathematical

Intrapersonal

  • Writing in logs and diaries
  • Estimating learning strengths, weaknesses, progress over time
  • Understanding learner objectives
  • Speaking about one's personal history with confidence

Environmental

  • Exploring outdoors but in English
  • Shopping and other field trips
  • Collecting plants to learn appropriate vocabulary

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