Opportunities provided in language textbooks to develop learners\' multiple intelligences

  • G van den Berg
  • M Nieman


This article is a report on a study that investigated the opportunities provided in language textbooks to develop learners\' full potential. Howard Gardner\'s theory of multiple intelligences, which is used as a theoretical framework, claims that learners have different combinations of intelligences and that the various intelligences can be developed. Thus learners are developed in their totality as knowledgeable, skilful and balanced adults. By giving them a variety of activities which accommodate the different intelligences, learners have the opportunity to use their most strongly developed intelligences in the language classroom. At the same time, learners are given the opportunity to expand their less developed intelligences. In this study, eight selected Afrikaans and English language textbooks were analysed to determine how the different intelligences are covered. The study brings to light that only some intelligences receive attention in the analysed language textbooks, while other intelligences get little or no attention.

Journal for Language Teaching vol Vol. 41 (2) 2007: pp. 16-33

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