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Linguistic Intelligence


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Linguistic Intelligence Definition:

Linguistic intelligence, one of Gardner's Nine Multiple Intelligences, involves a strong ability to understand and use spoken and written language. This can include the ability to express oneself effectively through speech or the written word and the increased ability to learn foreign languages. Further, information is learned effectively through the written word. Writers, poets, lawyers and speakers are among those that Howard Gardner sees as having high linguistic intelligence.

Individuals Who Typically Have High Linguistic Inelligence:

The following individuals typically have high linguistic intelligence:
  • Writers
  • Poets
  • Public Speakers
  • Politicians
  • Lawyers

Famous People Who Have High Linguistic Intelligence:

  • William Shakespeare
  • Robert Frost
  • Tony Robbins
  • Barack Obama
  • J.K. Rowling

Traits of Those Who Have High Linguistic Intelligence:

  • Likes to read
  • Likes to write
  • Learns best through reading or listening to material
  • Likes word games
  • Good at speaking in public
  • Good at spelling

Ways to Enhance Linguistic Intelligence:

Following are ways that teachers and individuals can enhance and strengthen their current linguistic intelligence:
  • Write in a journal
  • Practice listening skills through listening games
  • Write a group story
  • Learn a few new words each week
  • Create a magazine or website devoted to something that really interests you
  • Write letters to family, friends, and/or penpals
  • Play word games like crosswords and crostics
  • Read more including books, magazines, newspapers, and jokes
  • Debate with friends and family about issues important to you
  • Write reviews on a variety of subjects. Examples could include: book reviews, movie reviews, restaurant reviews, etc.

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