Joel Bollinger Pouwels (Ph. D., Michigan State University) is Assistant Professor of Spanish at the University of Central Arkansas, Conway, AR.
International Potpourri: Foreign Language for the Gifted and Talented in Arkansas
Article first published online: 31 DEC 2008
© 1988 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Foreign Language Annals
Volume 21, Issue 2, pages 147–151, April 1988
How to Cite
Pouwels, J. B. (1988), International Potpourri: Foreign Language for the Gifted and Talented in Arkansas. Foreign Language Annals, 21: 147–151. doi: 10.1111/j.1944-9720.1988.tb03123.x
- Issue published online: 31 DEC 2008
- Article first published online: 31 DEC 2008
ABSTRACT Foreign language “camps” and international festivals have become standard extracurricular activities in the U.S. The “International Potpourri” combined features of both. It was a two-week residential summer enrichment program held in 1986 and 1987 at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, Arkansas for gifted and talented rising ninth and tenth graders. The purpose was to present the basics of French, German, Spanish and Japanese languages and cultures to superior students who had little or no previous foreign language study. This was accomplished through a variety of intensive activities centering on beginning conversation, songs, dances, craft and food workshops, field trips, travelogues and guest speakers. In addition, the participants engaged in discussion sessions with professional counselors, where the affective needs of the gifted and talented adolescent were addressed. This essay describes the program's successful marriage of two areas increasingly emphasized in Arkansas today: Gifted and Talented and Foreign Language Education.