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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Read the Text. Next go to each Task and do the activity.

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 Adam,
Thank you.
Yes, I mean technical words. Do you have a good way to learn the technical words or the words that has complicated meaning?

Hello Diamondplantlute
Technical words are specific and we don't usually use them in our everyday lives, so they can take a bit longer to learn than other vocabulary. 
The best way to learn technical words is to see or hear them in context. You could do this by reading books or articles in technical magazines and newspapers, or by watching or listening to TV or radio programmes on the subject.
Hope this helps
All the best
The LearnEnglishTeam


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Hi, I   like being there, I feel like a student again! 

Hi! how are you? I'm a new here.
I'm looking for someone can communiated in eng.
Because in my life, I no need to use it,
so if  you got  the same feeling just try to be a partner or friend.

  hello! I'm a freshman ,I plan to take the IELTS  within this year .however,there still exist a huge problem in my oral  ability.  I always have difficulties in getting across to others .Cause  I can't keep my pace in talking .So it seems I couldn't speak clearly and slowly .IN my prospective ,I almost try  assorted  approaches available .what  should I do, AND I also need some websites to provide me some   real test papers about  IELTS ,I'll  greatly appreciate.

Hello Zhang,
Nice to hear from you. I'm sorry to hear that you are finding it hard to express yourself in English.
It's very hard to give you advice about your oral skills without hearing you speak English. I understand that you're saying that you speak too quickly and people can't understand you. There are many possible approaches to solving this problem. You could try stopping for a moment between each word or speaking one word per second while looking at a clock. You might be unclear because of your speed, but it might also be your pronunciation or the way you construct sentences. An experienced teacher should be able to suggest what you should work on.
As for IELTS test papers, we have some here in the IELTS section and the official IELTS website has information about more. If you register with the British Council, you can also get some useful materials here.
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

hello. i do not understand about this grammatical. when we use To _Verb, when we use Gergund (V_ing), when it is a subject. coudl you hepl me?. Thanks. I am very badly in English huhu!!

Hi Alo100

Both gerunds and to + infinitives can be used as subjects of sentences. Gerunds are more common and sound less formal. If you use to + infinitive, it sounds like you are trying to be poetic or philosophical. One web page I read on this topic recommends just using gerunds to avoid sounding like you are showing off.

Gerunds and to + infinitives are not interchangeable when they are used in verb patterns.

There is some more information about this in the English Grammar section.

Have a look at this page:

And this one:

There's a good exercise on task 4 on this episode of Big City Small World:

I hope that helps.

Jack Radford

The LearnEnglish Team