ERIC Number: ED262641
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: 0
Foreign Language for the Gifted: Extending Cognitive Dimensions.
Garfinkel, Alan; Prentice, Mary
Procedures are described for use in foreign language classes that tap the characteristics of gifted students. Each activity is directly associated with at least one of the cognitive characteristics attributed to the gifted, which are listed in the introductory section of the paper. The procedures include the following activities: conducting a classroom census to determine special interests and capabilities, possibly by having students tape-record presentations on their interests; providing ample listening material and having students keep a log of listening; having students use the "Provisional Proficiency Guidelines" to evaluate their own and other students' oral skills; using monolingual dictionaries and thesauruses to play word games; having students analyze pictures from a vertical file to develop hypotheses about foreign cultures, to be tested by consulting other sources; and asking students to share their own mnemonic devices with other students. Gifted students have a wide range of cognitive skills that teachers can take advantage of to develop interesting and effective language-learning activities. (MSE)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Meeting the Call for Excellence in the Foreign Language Classroom. Selected papers from the 1985 Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (FL 015 312).