March 23, 2018
Habib Soleimani

Habib Soleimani

Academic rank: Assistant professor
Education: PhD. in Teaching English as a Foreign Language( TEFL)
Faculty: Faculty of Literature and Foreign Languages


Multiple Intelligences Theory: A Content Analysis of Iranian High Schools English Language Teaching Textbooks
Type Article
Multiple Intelligences, ELT textbooks, Content analysis
Researchers Habib Soleimani، Ahmad Moinzadeh، Saeed Ketabi


This paper is outcome of a study which analyzed the Iranian high school English Language Teaching (ELT) textbooks within the framework of Multiple Intelligences Theory. The Multiple Intelligences (MI) checklist Christison, (1996;1998) was used to analyze the conversations, grammar and reading comprehension parts of grades 1-3 of Iranian high schools ELT textbooks. The results of the study indicate that the dominant intelligence profile of the Iranian ELT textbooks is Verbal/Linguistic, Logical/ Mathematical, and Intrapersonal. Engaging other types of intelligences in the textbook activities depends on the kind of the activity involved. Notably, intelligences such as Bodily/Kinesthetic and Musical were totally absent in the textbook activities and Natural intelligence was nearly ignored.