Multiple Intelligences Theory In Reading Teaching

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Introduction Since EFL reading carries great weight in foreign language teaching, great efforts have been exerted to improve students’ reading ability. And a good understanding of how students learn and how the teachers teach becomes a key point in the changing society. Teachers are required to change their teaching styles to meet the needs of reading teaching. The teacher’s role is changing. To improve the quality of reading teaching, four concrete problems should be solved. The first one is to transform the EFL reading teaching methods, which is essential to other transformations of reading teaching. In this respect, it calls for bottom-up model’s integration with the top-down model and schema theory. The second one is to clarify the relationship…show more content…
If research result is positive, it will have great practical significance to EFL extensive reading for non-English majors. To conduct this research, quantitative and qualitative methods should be used. As for the quantitative method, a combination of data collection techniques is employed, including questionnaires and collection of students’ test scores. As for the qualitative research methods, the researcher also conducts interviews with the participants in class, asking them their attitudes, interests and habits towards reading Text B&C. At the same time, the researcher does simple classroom observation for multiple intelligence inventory can only provide clues to various intelligences. The single best tool for assessing students’ multiple intelligence, however, is probably one readily available to all of us: simple observation (Armstrong, 2000:37). Valuable information and data in this paper were collected from classroom…show more content…
And a good understanding of how students learn and how the teachers teach becomes a key point in the changing society. Teachers are required to change their teaching styles to meet the needs of reading teaching. The teacher’s role is changing. No longer can teachers expect to be fountains of wisdom and convey knowledge to passive students. Rote learning of skills and total reliance on the textbook are out of step in the information age and higher-order thinking. To improve the quality of reading teaching, four concrete problems should be solved: the necessity of changing teaching methods, the necessity of clarifying the relationship between intensive reading and extensive reading, the necessity of complementing proper background knowledge and the Necessity of the Instruction on Reading Strategies and Reading Skills. How can the educators transform the existed teaching methods reasonably? How can the educators effectively involve proper cultural knowledge and reading skills into teaching process? Howard Gardner’s theory of Multiple Intelligences (MI) is worth mentioning. MI can provide a new and comprehensive way to apply these reading skills more effectively. This theory can act as a bridge to successful EFL reading
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