Enhancing Language Teaching and Learning by Keeping Individual Differences in Perspective

Suriati Sulaiman, Tajularipin Sulaiman


Learners differ from each other in many ways particularly in cognitive abilities. These factors eventually affect their learning abilities. Thus teachers should look into learner differences in intelligence before designing a teaching and learning program for them. Gardner proposed a much broader view of the definition of intelligence than a number of other theorists with his theory of multiple intelligences. The important of the idea of multiple intelligences in education lies in the fact that learners vary in their abilities, and thus teachers need to find out the best strategies to use related to their variations, or to develop programs that instruct students in different domains. This paper attempts to provide a brief overview of the eight multiple intelligences connected with Howard Gardner’s theory. The article also suggests some ways for teachers to incorporate the intelligences into their daily lesson planning for practical use in language teaching and learning.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5539/ies.v3n2p134

International Education Studies ISSN 1913-9020 (Print), ISSN 1913-9039 (Online)

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