On the Possible Relationships between Multiple Intelligences, Listening Proficiency and Motivational Orientation among Iranian TEFL University Students

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Title

On the Possible Relationships between Multiple Intelligences, Listening Proficiency and Motivational Orientation among Iranian TEFL University Students

Authors

Ma’ssoumeh Bemani Naeini (Ph.D. student)

Islamic Azad University-Branch of Mashhad, Iran

Ambigapathy Pandian (Ph.D.)

School of Language  Literacy and Translation,

Universiti Sains, Malaysia

 

Bio data

Ma’ssoumeh Bemani Naeini, Ph.D. candidate at University Sains Malaysia (USM), 

Islamic Azad University-Branch of Mashhad, Iran

Ambigapathy Pandian, professor in the School of Humanities, USM. His areas of specialization are: Literacy, reading, TESL/TESOL, sociolinguistics, higher education and employment, ICT education and teacher education. He has published a good number of books and articles. Currently, he is the dean of School of Languages, Literacy and Translation in USM.

Abstract

This study tends to investigate such relationships among Iranian TEFL university students. In this study, using Christison’s (1999) MI inventory, 60 Iranian TEFL university students’ preferred intelligences were identified. As for measuring the participants’ listening comprehension proficiency, the listening section of a retired test of TOEFL was administered.  Also, a modified Likert-scale questionnaire was employed to elicit the data about participants’ motivational orientation. The results indicated no significant relationship among these variables. Moreover, listening and motivation were not significantly correlated. As for the relationship between any of MIs and the variables of the study, there was no indication of a significant correlation. 

Key words: Multiple Intelligences, Listening proficiency, Instrumental and integrative motivation, Teaching/Learning English as a Foreign Language.

Category: 2010