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ERIC Number: EJ975949
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1040-1350
Through the Skylight with Foreign Languages: Providing All Students with Challenging Elementary School Curriculum
Caccavale, Therese Sullivan
Understanding Our Gifted, v16 n1 p26-28 Fall 2003
Foreign language instruction is known to develop better critical thinking skills in children. Therefore, the teaching of foreign languages should be promoted so that "all" students may attain better creative, divergent, critical, and analytical thinking skills. Research done in past years on cooperative learning models has consistently shown that students learn as much or more from their peers as they do from their classroom teachers. By raising the bar for all students through the teaching and learning of foreign languages, classrooms can promote higher order thinking skills for all students. Although measurable gains in English vocabulary may be greater in average to below average students, gifted and talented youngsters will also benefit from the increased awareness of overall vocabulary on the part of their grade level peers. For gifted students, learning a foreign language can provide just the right mixture of challenge and open-ended problem solving to pique their interest and provide them with avenues for independent exploration. Adding a multicultural flavor to the traditional classroom helps all students to better understand the complexities of the world around them and brings a deeper dimension to their overall learning experience.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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