Multiple Intelligences

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Howard Gardner theorized a list of seven different intelligences that people use to solve problems, to understand people, and to think critically. Of the various intelligences, I have developed a high linguistic intelligence.  The interpretation and the use of languages have always been my academic strength.  In college I spent time in Ecuador and Spain learning Spanish. While immersing myself in the Spanish language and culture I was quickly able to pick up on the rules, structure, and vocabulary to improve my own skills.  I was surprised with how easy it was for me to learn the language.  Within a few months I was mistaken for a native speaker and was not only speaking but also thinking in Spanish.  As a result of my own language skills I decided to become a Spanish teacher.  My linguistic intelligence has allowed me to effectively explain spoken and written language to my students in a manner that is comprehensible.  I am skilled at breaking language down in to its component parts and analyzing the grammatical structure.  I am a good communicator and a public speaker, which also ties in to my linguistic intelligence. I also see myself falling in to Gardner’s interpersonal intelligence category, which is why I think I was so drawn to teaching.  I have always been skilled at reading people’s emotions and offering comfort, support, and guidance to those in need.  I am someone that people go to for advice largely because of the interpersonal skills I have acquired.

(http://www.infed.org/thinkers/gardner.htm)

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