Find out what’s your learning profile according to the multiple intelligence theory to identify your strongest memories and learn French efficiently.
Don’t wait any longer. Simply take the short test created by Howard Gardner.
Find out now what’s your learning style:
- Evaluate your analytic abilities: how strong are your logical, musical and naturalist intelligences?
- Evaluate your interactive abilities: how strong are your verbal, social and tactile intelligences?
- Evaluate your introspective abilities: how strong are your visual, existential and intrapersonal intelligences?
The analytic profile consists of the logical, musical and naturalist intelligences.
These intelligences promote analysis of knowledge.
In short, analytic learners like step by step instructions.
Students with a strong logical intelligence are likely to be good at mental arithmetic, handling money, estimating and measuring. They enjoy solving puzzles and logic problems. In the meantime they’re good at seeing patterns and the connection between things. They plan their time well and they learn well through chronological and logical explanations. They’re good at making plans and setting goals for themselves.
French activities for logical learners: Word order activities, grammar relationships, patterns games, number activities, classifying and categorizing, sequencing information, computer games, cause and effect activities
Students with a strong musical intelligence are good at music and have a natural sense of rhythm. They’re also good at making music: singing or playing an instrument. They remember verse, poetry and jingles easily. When they learn something, they need to say it out loud.
French activities for musical learners: Write jingles for a commercial, jazz chants to remember vocabulary/grammar/verbs, musical cloze activities, create music for skits and plays, use music as a stimulator, look for tonal/rhythmic patterns in music of target language.
Students with a strong naturalist intelligence are able to enjoy, recognize and classify natural surroundings.Consider students sorting different things by color, texture or anything else to make sense.These students like then to compare and contrast strategies for classification.They usually develop a high level of sensitivity to ecological causes.
French activities for naturalist learners: Describe changes in the local environment, debate the issue of homeopathic medicine versus store-bought remedies, plan a campaign drive which focuses on saving an endangered species.
Interactive Learning Profile
The interactive profile consists of the verbal, social and tactile intelligences.
These are the intelligences related to sociability.
In short, any learning is a social process.
Interactive learners need to touch, to talk and to communicate.
People with a high verbal intelligence tend to think in words. They read a lot and they like to write as well. They enjoy crossword, puzzles and word games.They have the ability to use language effectively both orally and in writing.Their level of sensitivity to sounds, sentence structure or syntax, and meaning is high.So they’re good talkers with a well developed vocabulary.
They find it easy to learn from books, tapes, lectures and the internet. They’re not scared of reading a long text even if they don’t understand all of the vocabulary. They’ll guess using the context, as usual!
French activities for verbal learners: Debates, storytelling, online communications, group discussions, word-processing programs, word games
Students with a strong social intelligence have the ability to work cooperatively and to communicate effectively. They’re likely to be good at convincing others in order to achieve personal objectives. They’re also good at understanding the others’ point of view. These students tend to have a leadership component. They’re looking for recognition by their peers as someone to follow.
French activities for social learners: Cooperative teams, paired activities, peer teaching, board games, simulations, surveys and polls, group brainstorming, simulations or dialogues
Students with a high tactile intelligence tend to express feelings and ideas through body movements.They demonstrate fine motor skills, dexterity, agility and flexibility.They’re likely to be at good sport and dance.They’re good with their hands: cooking, sewing, playing an instrument, woodworking…Usually they learn well when they can get hands-on.In short, they’re good at learning from their mistakes and experience.
French activities for tactile learners: Role playing, dancing, tpr, tprs, hands-on learning, manipulatives, multimedia games or activities, aerobic alphabet, building a model or 3-D project.
Introspective Learning Profile
The introspective learning profile consists of the visual, existential and intrapersonal intelligences.
These intelligences promote analysis of the self, feelings and spatial environment.
Note that the emotional intelligence plays an important role in the introspective learning profile.
Students with a high visual intelligence are good at art, navigating and visualising. They learn well from charts, diagrams, pictures and maps. they’re observant: they often see things that others don’t even notice. basically, they can picture things in their “mind’s eyes”.
French activities for visual learners: Using graphs and diagrams, drawing a response, video exercises, computer slide shows, multimedia projects, mind mapping, graphic organizers
Students with a high existential intelligence tend to be spiritual.They have a high level of sensitivity to philosophical virtues, arts, classical values of truth or goodness and/or religious tenets. These students seek meaningful learning, look for connections and need to relate to the big picture.They usually like to get involved with social and political causes.
French activities for existential learners: using newspapers and magazines, reading interviews and archive, online interaction in a forum
The intrapersonal intelligence gives us the ability to understand our personal capacities and limitations, to set principles and moral priorities and to practise self-discipline.Students with a high level of intrapersonal intelligence will be more than happy to evaluate and identify their preferred learning styles in order to optimize their personal performance.These students tend to be comfortable with themselves, make appropriate choices and follow their instincts.They express strong opinions and a sense of justice and fairness.
French activities for intrapersonal learners: Describe/write about preferred ways of spending free time, keep a journal on a particular topic, engage in independent study, class debate, digital portfolios with self-assessments
For more information about learning profiles and the multiple intelligences, click here.