MULTIPLE INTELLIGENCE APPROACH: RE-FRAMING TEACHING AND LEARNING


  • Alexandra Budilova
Keywords: ESL classroom, English teaching, Multiple Intelligence Approach, skills integration.

Abstract

The article touches on Multiple Intelligence approach as an innovative way to teach and learn English in the ESL classroom. A big focus is placed on the theoretical background and practical implementation of this approach. It is commonly believed that teaching English in modern environment needs a lot of re-thinking and re-framing. This is supposed to go beyond the frames of the language only and address various learners’ needs. It implies keeping in mind different abilities, or intelligences, learners have and how they can be targeted in the ESL classroom. The founders of Multiple Intelligence approach introduced eight main types of intelligence, each of which, though possibly being pretty far from pure linguistic ones, can be integrated into an English lesson at the modern stage of school education. Each type of intelligence is described and supported by appropriate examples of possible ways to integrate it into teaching and learning English. Thus, there is a need to explore, analyze and define the strategies for implementing Multiple Intelligence approach into modern secondary education. Alongside being a powerful innovative tool for teaching English, this approach has proved to be mind-expanding not only for students, but also for teachers, as it requires new patterns of thinking and lesson planning. A profound understanding of how this theory work may make an invaluable contribution into modern English teaching and significantly diversify English language activities, opening students with various types of intelligence more and more ways to academic excellence and life success.

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Published
2018-10-07
How to Cite
Budilova, A. (2018). MULTIPLE INTELLIGENCE APPROACH: RE-FRAMING TEACHING AND LEARNING. English and American Studies, (15), 46-51. Retrieved from https://anglistika.dp.ua/index.php/AA/article/view/157
Section
ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING AND THE ISSUES OF MULTILINGUALISM