01 Sep Teaching foreign languages to highly able students
Teaching foreign languages to highly able students
Paper presentation86Alberta Novello, University of Padua, Italy
Everest 2Thu 10:45 - 12:15
Balanced research and practice
The presentation aims to inform on the best strategies to teach foreign languages to highly able students on the basis of a research conducted among 210 language teachers and 35 gifted students. Also, the cognitive processes implied in speaking a foreign language have been analysed and then compared to the main cognitive features of talented students in order to identify the most suitable activities to develop language acquisition. The main characteristics in language learning observed in highly able students will be presented as well as the appropriate classroom activities related to each feature. Some examples of inclusive lessons plans for the language classroom will also be given.