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Investigating Students with English as a Foreign Language and Their Textbooks: An Application of Multiple Intelligences Theory


Taase, YT and Satariyan, A and Salimi, HS, Investigating Students with English as a Foreign Language and Their Textbooks: An Application of Multiple Intelligences Theory, International Journal of Humanities and Social Science, 4, (6) pp. 285-294. ISSN 2220-8488 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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In the present study, the researchers investigated both English as foreign language (EFL) students and their textbooks using multiple intelligences (MI)theory to identify the type/s of intelligence incorporated in English language teaching (ELT) textbook and whether or not students prefer this/these type/s of intelligence. The participants of this study included 346 teenage students filling Student-Generated Inventory for Secondary Level and Young Adult Learners. Students and their textbooks along with their language proficiency levels were analyzed through multiple intelligences checklist developed by Botelho (2003). The results of the study showed that teaching textbooks are mostly provided for verbal linguistic, interpersonal, visual, spatial, and logical mathematical intelligences. Students, however, preferred all types of intelligences in varying approximate degrees, but among all types of intelligences; interpersonal, and logical mathematical were the studentsí first preference. While studentsí English language proficiency levels did not show any significant effect on their multiple intelligence inclinations, English textbooks proficiency levels showed a significant effect on the frequency and application of types of intelligences in textbooks.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Multiple intelligences, EFL textbooks, language proficiency level of students/ textbooks, Cognitive Psychology, ELT textbooks, English as Foreign language students, and Psycholinguistics
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:English and literacy curriculum and pedagogy (excl. LOTE, ESL and TESOL)
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Pedagogy
UTAS Author:Satariyan, A (Mr Adnan Satariyan)
ID Code:92411
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2014-06-17
Last Modified:2015-05-13

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