Extension activities that allow students to pursue open-ended, inquiry-based projects are ideal for gifted students who like to work alone at their own pace. San Diego State University's compilation of webquests provides a valuable resources to teachers. This webquest is an example of a Spanish-language webquests that provides students with a framework to explore legends of Latin America. This kind of online exploration, based in the target language, would be an ideal project for a gifted student.

Dr Carol Tieso's presentation on Differentiated Instruction to reach Gifted Students discusses how to differentiate instruction and reach gifted learners in your classroom, with conceptual models and specific ideas of how to do so.

This research article by Toni Theisen, "Differentiated instruction in the foreign language classroom", discusses specifically how to differentiate instruction for the foreign language classroom.

Performance-based assessment is an effective way to allow your gifted learners to excel in creating original oral, written, and artistic work. The content is made immediately relevant by asking students to perform real-world tasks, and assessments are open-ended so that all students can perform to the best of their abilities. This website from the Foreign Language Educators of New Jersey is a helpful overview for teachers.

Also, Ho-Min Sohn's article, "Principles of Performance-based Foreign Language Instruction" provides helpful information about performance-based assessment. The introduction provides a nice overview of why it is beneficial to learn a foreign language, talking points that could be useful in a motivation-enhancing talk with students!

This website called "Dare to Differentiate" has a powerpoint presentation about differentiating instruction in the foreign language classroom.


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