Multiple Intelligences and Foreign Language Learning: A Case Study in Taiwan

By Yi-an Hou.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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What’s the role of Multiple Intelligences (MI) in foreign language learning behavior and performance? A case study of 2545 Taiwanese college students intends to provide the answers. Participants are 2545 Taiwanese EFL college students, including 975 boys and 1570 girls. They take an English proficiency test of listening and reading (A2), and fill out a series of questionnaires dealing with multiple intelligences (Gardner, H.,1993), motivation/attitude (Gardner, R.C.,1985), anxiety (Horwitz, et.al, 1986), language learning strategy (Oxford, 1990), and perceptual learning style preference (Reid, 1984). Data available from the questionnaires are analyzed by using descriptive and inferential statistics with SPSS 15, including item means and standard deviations, t test, and regression analysis. Findings show that MI do relate to students’ learning behavior and affect their English performance to some extent.

Keywords: MI, Motivation, Anxiety, Strategy, Styles

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 8, Issue 4, pp.77-106. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 782.929KB).

Yi-an Hou

Assistant Professor, Kaomei College of Health Care and Management, Kaohsiung, Taiwan


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