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Language learning through music
In order for children to develop and grow as learners, their difference in interests and intelligences must be taken into account. The Theory of Multiple Intelligences by Howard Gardner is extremely important when it comes to teaching children and young adults.
Gardner explains that, “It’s not how intelligent you are, but how you are intelligent” (Wise, 2001). Gardner hypothesizes that there are eight different intelligences, which included mathematic, linguistic and musical intelligence. Gardner claims that the intelligences very rarely operate independently (Brualdi, 1996). Everyone has strengths and weaknesses and that is why teachers need to be aware of using multiple approaches in the classroom and finding various tasks that suite more than one intelligence at a time.
When teaching foreign languages to children and adolescents, there are numerous methods that can be used to enhance the students’ learning and interest, and music is most definitely one of them. Students with different strengths need various approaches although our educational system has put too much importance on mathematic and linguistic intelligences while the equally important intelligences are neglected (Brualdi, 1996).