ERIC Number: ED216515
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
The Role of Foreign Language Education for the Gifted and Talented Student. A Position Paper.
Additional support for foreign language learning needs to be given to those students who have special qualities and academic abilities. The linguistically talented student should be encouraged to begin foreign language study at an early age and to study a second foreign language after achieving a degree of proficiency in the first. Schools should provide language offerings other than the traditional western European languages. Gifted students typically display specific traits which consequently require specific needs to be satisfied in the foreign language classroom or program. Among these are language traits requiring discussion with intellectual peers, appropriate reading materials, creative writing, and strengthening of research skills. Conceptualization traits require divergent open-ended teaching strategies, minimal use of rote drill, an atmosphere of valuing uniqueness, and self directed discovery. Socialization traits require opportunities to assume various roles in group interaction, increased exposure to people of varied backgrounds, provisions for understanding self and heightened sensitivity to others, and acceptance of nonconformity. Productivity traits require varied and individual opportunities and physical and intellectual needs in learning activities and sharpening of technical, research, and communication skills. The appendix includes descriptions of programs throughout the U.S. for the gifted student. (JK)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council of State Supervisors of Foreign Language.