Linguistic Intelligence (“word smart”)

People who are strong in linguistic-verbal intelligence are able to use words well, both when writing and speaking. These individuals are typically very good at writing stories, memorizing information, and reading. They can use language to express themselves and assign meaning by way of poetry, humor, stories, and metaphors. It is common for comedians, public speakers, and writers to be high in linguistic intelligence.

People with linguistic-verbal intelligence:

  • Remember written and spoken information
  • Enjoy reading and writing
  • Debate or give persuasive speeches
  • Are able to explain things well
  • Use humor when telling stories

How To Apply Linguistic Intelligences In The Classroom 

  • Teach children to learn their best by writing, practicing speeches, creating jokes, journaling, and reading.

Use the following activities and techniques for students and groups with high linguistic intelligence:

  • Use creative writing activities such as poetry or script writing
  • Set up class debates
  • Allow for formal speaking opportunities
  • Use humor, such as joke writing or telling
  • Make sure there are plenty of reading opportunities

Help a Linguistic Intelligent  Child Make The Right Career Choice

Good career choices for linguistic-verbal intelligence are:

  • Writer/journalist
  • Lawyer
  • Teacher


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