The Relationship between Multiple Intelligences and Writing Ability of Iranian EFL Learners

Karim Sadeghi, Bahareh Farzizadeh

Abstract


The relationship between multiple intelligences and learning of L2 language skills is a burgeoning area of research. This study aimed at finding the relationship between Multiple Intelligences (MI) and the writing ability of EFL learners, For this purpose, the body of female BA sophomores in TEFL at Urmia University (N = 47), within the age range of 18-25, was given a close look using an intact group research design. The proposed hypothesis predicted no significant relationship between MI and writing ability of the participants. The participants were given Armstrong's MI questionnaire which used a Likert Scale. The participants' writing samples were also obtained using an IELTS writing task and were correlated with the scores on the MI questionnaire. The scoring of writing was done analytically following pre-specified criteria. The writings were scored by two raters yielding an inter-rater reliability of 0.8. Results obtained through Multiple Regression indicated that the components of MI did not have a significant relationship with the writing ability of the participants. Detailed results and implications are discussed in the paper.


Full Text: PDF DOI: 10.5539/elt.v5n11p136

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English Language Teaching       ISSN 1916-4742 (Print)   ISSN  1916-4750 (Online)

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