What is Verbal-Linguistic Intelligence and How To Strengthen It

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Howard Gardner’s multiple intelligences theory divides intelligence into specific categories. This challenges the idea of humans having a single IQ as if our brains were machines with “intelligence” located somewhere inside.

Verbal-Linguistic intelligence is only one of the 8 intelligences defined by this theory. According to Edutopia.org article, these are the other 7 and their respective definitions:

Logical-mathematical intelligence describes the ability to develop equations and proofs, make calculations, and solve abstract problems.
Visual-spatial intelligence allows people to comprehend maps and other types of graphical information.
Musical intelligence enables individuals to produce and make meaning of different types of sound.
Naturalistic intelligence refers to the ability to identify and distinguish among different types of plants, animals, and weather formations found in the natural world.
Bodily-kinesthetic intelligence entails using one’s own body to create products or solve problems.
Interpersonal intelligence reflects an ability to recognize and understand other people’s moods, desires, motivations, and intentions.
Intrapersonal intelligence refers to people’s ability to recognize and assess those same characteristics within themselves.

After doing some research, I came across one great article that shows how someone can improve his Verbal-Linguistic Intelligence by stimulating other intelligences. I really think these ideas are worth sharing here.

You can find this article for free here. The research was made by International Montessori Schools and Child Development Centres and everything exposed below is based on their conclusions. All credits go to them.

The research defines Verbal-Linguistic intelligence as:

“The intelligence of language and communication. It includes the ability to speak, articulate, and express, and convey one’s thoughts and feelings to the outside world in one or more languages. This can be at an oral and written level. It also includes the ability to listen and to understand other people”

Strengthening the Verbal-linguistic intelligence through the other intelligences:

Bodily-Kinaesthetic Intelligence — ‘Movement is the main purpose in life’

  • Make a questionnaire and interview fellow students on which sports they would like to do
  • Write a letter to the sports hall, communicate with the staff
  • Write letters about equipment needs
  • Organize an outing, research it, prepare, plan and execute

Logical-Mathematical Intelligence — ‘Seeing it abstractly’

  • Explaining concepts to others
  • Write word problems
  • Reason out concepts
  • Present the timeline of a famous mathematician
  • Write a story combining history and math

Visual/Spatial Intelligence — ‘Building images in the mind’

  • Write using a word processor
  • Practice your challenging words
  • Make your own website and teach this to others
  • Prepare a Power Point presentation on a certain topic
  • Explain to others how to do mind mapping
  • Make a document with directions for an excursion

Interpersonal Intelligence — ‘Happy to be with others’

  • Make up stories and tell them to the group
  • Have debates about current events
  • Interview friends, family and mentors; process data
  • Discuss life, the universe, and everything; produce a story
  • Write letters/e-mails to pen pals

Intrapersonal Intelligence — ‘Liking quietness and reflection’’

  • Keep a journal
  • Write poems
  • Read all kinds of novels, stories
  • Present a Haiku poem
  • Help someone else write a poem
  • Search for a book club

Musical Intelligence — ‘Hearing the beat in everything’

  • Write songs, lyrics
  • Organise a small concert
  • Write introductions of each song, present at the concert
  • Make a timeline of the life of a famous composer

Natural Intelligence — ‘Love for nature’

  • Write observations
  • Write lab reports
  • Present your expertise to a group
  • Organise a Nature Appreciation day
  • Organise excursions
  • Write an article for the local newspaper/your blog

As you can see, all types of intelligence are related to each other. You can always improve another by developing activities based on your strongest or favorite one.

Other than that, there’s another article on Bright Hub Education that gives you some ideas on how to improve your Verbal-Linguistic Intelligence developing activities, such as:

  • Reading, Writing, Narrating — Stories, Sequels, Poems, Drama, Jokes, Descriptions, News Reports
  • Encouraging — Debates, Declamations, Impromptu Speech (on current affairs, life, practically everything)
  • Starting — a Newsletter, Magazine, Journal
  • Conducting — Mock Interviews, Chat Shows, Role Plays, Dramas, Story Telling
  • Solving — Puzzles, Crosswords, Vocabulary Games
  • Preparing and Giving Presentations
  • Creating Slogans, Defense, Case Studies etc
  • Initiating Vocabulary Banks

Now you have tons of possibilities and ideas to choose from. Pick up your favorite ones and start improving your Verbal-Linguistic Intelligence today.

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