Introducing the Theory of Multiple Intelligences into English Language Teaching Programs

Mustafa Zülküf Altan
2012 Pamukkale Üniversitesi Eğitim Fakültesi Dergisi  
The theory of Multiple Intelligences (MI) developed by Howard Gardner (1983) suggests that the traditional notion of intelligence, based on I.Q. (Intelligence Quotient) testing, is far too limited. Instead, Gardner proposes different intelligences to account for a broader range of human potential in children and adults. In order to invite English as foreign language (EFL) teachers to use MI in their classrooms, first English language teaching (ELT) teacher educators should be encouraged to
more » ... de the theory into their programs. This article aims to point out how the idea of multiple intelligences can become part of ELT teacher education by raising some questions and issues which should be considered in the process of ELT preparing teachers. The paper also advocates the presence of a new intelligence, Moral Intelligence.
doi:10.9779/puje474 fatcat:wkn52fuewfewhhbvnknoibmfpq