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Incorporating Multiple Intelligences Theory into English classes

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The purpose of this thesis is to analyze the influence of Multiple Intelligences Theory on the process of acquiring a foreign language. MI theory developed by Howard Gardner (1983), says that every single individual possesses eight different types of intelligences: Linguistic, Logical-Mathematical, Musical, Spatial, Bodily-Kinesthetic, Interpersonal, Intrapersonal, and Naturalist. It stands in opposition to the belief that intelligence is an innate entity which we inherit or we are born with. Nevertheless, not everybody has eight very well-developed intelligences, some may be dominant or underdeveloped. Moreover, Gardner claims that all these types of intelligence may be improved. As a result, learners of English language are able to know themselves better and find appropriate milieu in which they would feel comfortable and safe. Different intelligence capacities provide various ways of knowing, acquiring, understanding, and learning about the surrounding world. Hence, teaching with the knowledge concerning students’ dominant intelligences is perceived as fruitful and lucrative because then educators may nurture their intelligences.
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  • Department of English Language, Poznan College of Modern Language, 59 Św. Marcin Street, 61-806 Poznan, Poland
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