This post is part 6 of an 8-post series providing language learning strategies based on Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences. If you are not familiar with the theory, click here to read a quick overview.
What is an intrapersonal Learner?
Intrapersonal learners, in contrast to interpersonal learners, tend to shy away from social situations. This does not, however, mean that they lack confidence or ability. They are simply more comfortable working alone. They are people who are in tune with their inner feelings, and they often possess wisdom, intuition, motivation, and a strong will. They tend to learn best on their own through self study.
Learning Strategy 1
If you are an intrapersonal learner then language learning software is for you. You have the will, determination, and self-discipline to accomplish much using this kind of tool. Just look online and find a package that suits you. As some packages are far better than others, be sure to do a fair bit of research, and opt for courses or programs that allow you to try the product for free. This is a good one, in my opinion. I’ve tested out both their Chinese and Korean language learning programs.
Learning Strategy 2
When learning a second language, it is essential to converse in your target language. As face-to-face social interaction may not be attractive to you, you need to find another alternative. That alternative is Skype, the free online communication tool. All you need to do is find an online language learning forum or message board (there are lots of them). Go to one and find a partner whose native language is your target language and whose target language is your native language. Then engage in a language exchange. This will give you the conversation practice you need from the comfort of your own home.
Learning Strategy 3
Intrapersonal learners are often intrinsically creative, and they enjoy turning their creative thoughts into physical creations. If this is you, use your creative skills to aid you in learning your target language. For example, you may like to write in a diary. If so, start writing in your target language, even if it’s at the most basic level.
Learning Strategy 4
If you are an intrapersonal learner you will love language learning workbooks. They provide a great mix of reading, writing, and listening work, and they typically include a good amount of intellectually stimulating projects centered around grammar and language learning theory; you’ll feel right at home with these great tools. In addition, they often include puzzles, essays, and other learning games that you can complete on your own.
Using Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences is a powerful way to design your personal language learning strategy. When using it, you must understand that the particular learning styles best for you are the ones that you will gravitate towards naturally. In addition, you must understand that you can, and should, use more than one style. Finally, only you can decide which learning styles are best for you. If you are an intrapersonal learner, you are disciplined, wise and motivated. You study well on your own, and you will be most comfortable using online language courses and books that you can use in the comfort of your own home. Just be sure to get plenty of speaking practice, which you can do using the free Internet tool Skype.
Bye for now, and good luck with this and all of language learning endeavors!
Article Series Table of Contents
- The Theory of Multiple Intelligences Defined
- Learning Strategies For Visual-Spatial Learners
- Learning Strategies For Bodily-Kinesthetic Learners
- Learning Strategies For Musical Learners
- Learning Strategies For Interpersonal Learners
- Learning Strategies For Intrapersonal Learners
- Learning Strategies For Linguistic Learners
- Learning Strategies For Logical-Mathematical Learners
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