Multiple intelligences? But how many are there? The number seems to go up and up.  Howard Gardner is the man who first identified multiple intelligences and he has since added to his list.

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Everybody has a different approach to learning and the more we understand about the type of learner we are, the more effective our studying should become.

Howard Gardner first introduced us to the idea of Multiple Intelligences in 1983. He believes that there are several types of intelligences that can’t be simply defined from one IQ test. He categorises intelligences under the following headings;

1.  Verbal linguistic – having a good verbal memory, being interested in words and how language works

2.  Analytical / logical – being able to investigate and have a scientific approach to learning

3.  Musical – being sensitive to sounds and rhythms

4.  Visual spatial – being imaginative with a good visual memory

5.  Kinaesthetic – being receptive to touching objects to enhance your memory

6.  Interpersonal – being good in group work, listening to others

7.  Intrapersonal – being aware of your own personal goals and motivations

8.  Naturalist – understanding the link between nature and humans

It’s important to understand that these intelligences work together and it would be unwise to think of ourselves as having only one or the other. Labelling learners as a particular type of learner could stop them from exploring all of their intelligences. So instead we should think of ourselves as having dominant intelligences.


When you are next in a classroom ask yourself these questions to think about how you learn:

  • When I hear a new word do I need to see it written down to know how it’s spelt?
  • Am I interested in grammar and how English tenses are put together?
  • Are my notes kept neatly in a methodical way?
  • Do I keep a personal dictionary of newly learnt words?
  • Does my personal dictionary help me to remember the words?
  • How easy do I find it to hear differences in sounds?
  • Does drawing pictures of new words help me to remember them in English?
  • Does touching an object help me to remember what it’s called?
  • Do I enjoy listening to the teacher and taking notes?
  • Do I prefer working on my own or with other people?
  • Do I know why I’m learning English?

This list of questions is obviously limited but it’s a good start towards becoming a more effective learner. The more you are aware about your dominant intelligences in the learning process the more you can exploit them to make learning a more enjoyable and rewarding journey.



       hi everybody !
i am new here ! I want to learn E very good .  Now my E very bad . I hope everyone will help me . Thank you so much.

Thanks a lot for this very good presentation and fun tasks. I'm french teacher and we use Multiple Intelligences in our junior high school. It's a very interesting way to teach and learn.
I do curation about MI here:
Thanks a lot

very nice article

Hi all, I'm new :) and I want to improve my English too, I have been studying E for long time, but unfortunately I'm a quite person, so it makes me difficult when I want to talk E fluently, I can't open my mind :( But now I really want to try my best to study E better, so It's good when I can join with you in this room :))

Please tell me,what are dominant intelligences?what sort of intelligences should be dominant in a learner? please state with some example?
Actually i am confused as 'Howard Gardner identified a group of intelligences.And it is said one should explore all the intelligences either to think of one or the other'. But at the end of the article it is suggested that more you aware of your dominant intelligence,and you  exploit them, this will help u in learning process in more effective and  enjoyable way.

Nice to meet you, this is Usman with you from Pak but working in UAE. I am here to improve my English language, so if we can do the sharing in this regard it will be good for both of us.
As per your query about aforesaid subject, in my point of view it means your “power of understanding” with learning the new things or words. How much you will learn and understand with the things you will enjoy more.
For example: you are trying to learn English, so you have to keep dictionary with you to find out the meaning of the difficult words for your better understanding and if you will get the familiar with the word you will enjoy more so this process we can say “ dominant intelligences”.  This is my point of view according to my understanding with the said article and my intelligence. I hope it will be beneficial for you, if you will get more appropriate definition please share with me as well.

hi i am new to this site. i want to improve my communication skills. i believe that my English is good. but i am lacking with
the confidence level what is needed for the good communication skills . so how can i improve my confidence.

very simple, you need to use your English more frequently. you have to talk more and express yourself much more to other. I'm not so good in English but I never feel that kind of inconfidence because I always open my mind to all of my friends and use English as much as I can. that helps me to develop my English and the feeling of confidence, too.
Just try:). Maybe that would help you also!

Nice article. Thanks!