ERIC Number: ED184358
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Foreign Languages for Gifted Learners.
Brimm, Laura; And Others
Gifted students share a number of common characteristics, including verbal proficiency, awareness and power of observation, curiosity and inquisitiveness, independence, friendliness, lack of discipline, competitiveness, self-criticism and criticism of others, opinionatedness, and dislike for routine and drill. These characteristics present a challenge to the secondary school foreign language teacher, who will find the search for new materials and methods to maintain the interest of the gifted student an endless but fascinating process. Among the classroom activities that have been found effective in dealing with the gifted student are: (1) "Who Am I?"--students describe themselves as imaginary objects; (2) "Occupational Decisions"--students talk about their career goals; (3) "To Have or Have Not"--one student provides clues regarding the identity of an imaginary item; and (4) "Descriptive Cognates"--students describe themselves using cognates. The implementation of a five-year foreign language program in a Nebraska public high school is described. Additional authors include Diane Bueber, Renee Chi, and Kathy Strong. (JB)
Descriptors: Gifted, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Second Language Programs, Secondary Education, Student Characteristics, Teaching Methods
Not available separately; See FL 011 156.
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Language (Minneapolis, MN, April 19-21, 1979).