Multiple Intelligences: Verbal/Linguistic
What is a Verbal/Linguistic Learner?



Verbal/ Linguistic Learners (VLL) is good at languages, and they have highly developed auditory skills. Verbal/Linguistic learners are usually very good at public speaking, and they love to discuss what they have read. VLL’s are good listeners, storytellers, speakers, teachers and comedians. They have an excellent capability to remember information, and can be very persuasive. They love to play word games, use big words, and often enjoy writing.  
These learners cherish their book collections, and can recall quotes from them long after they have read the pages.

Verbal Linguistic Learners often notice grammatical errors and feel the need to correct them, in writing and in speech. While some may think them pompous they don’t often realize they are doing it, it is their “tic” if you will. Your child who is a VLL will most likely enjoy rhymes, puns, and other plays on words. English will most likely be their favorite subject. (My Personality Info)


How Do I Best Facilitate a VLL Child’s Education?

Teaching a Verbal-Linguistic Learner is relatively simple. Books, books, and more books, even audio books work best for these learners. Using descriptive language helps them grasp the information even more. Have your child write stories, plays, book reports, poetry, and anything else they want to write. (Glencoe)

Playing word games such as Scrabble or Boggle will help your student to further her vocabulary, and spelling. Solving jokes and riddles, mad-libs, and other word games are also great learning tools for these learners. Your child may want to make up its own word games as well; this is a wonderful, creative educational exercise. It may even be the next “Bananagrams” or word search craze.


Other VLL Activities to use

Public speaking practice, debate, improvisation are all great learning exercises for your verbal-linguistic learner. Set up a mock (ore real) interview, trial, talk show, play or have him tell stories to younger children. If he is old enough volunteering at the library is a great place to practice these skills. Libraries often use teen volunteers for story time, and helping people find the books they are looking for. (Bright Hub)

Your child may enjoy writing campaign slogans, jingles for new products (or new jingles for old products), or preparing case studies for current events that relate to their studies or interests.

Math can be taught using word problems that relate to her life. Instead of having 2+2=4, try something like, Mike has 2 apples and buys two more from Anna. How many apples does he have now? Using words will help your child excel in even her toughest areas.


What Will My Child Become

While it is impossible to say for sure what field your child will go into, some possible career paths are writing, teaching, journalism (print and broadcast) and acting. Your child may become an editor with a side job of tutoring writing or English classes. She may become an interpreter or a politician. With his or her gift of words the whole world is open to possibilities, embrace the learning style and enjoy the ride.

Further Reading:
Intelligence Reframed: Multiple Intelligences for the 21st Century
You're Smarter Than You Think: A Kid's Guide to Multiple Intelligences

In Their Own Way: Discovering and Encouraging Your Child's Multiple Intelligences
Five Minds for the Future


References:
Bright Hub. (2010) Verbal Linguistic Intelligence.
Gilam, Lynn (2001) The Theory of Multiple Intelligences.
Glencoe Online. (2010)
LDPride.net
My Personality Info. (2010)

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