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20201016T1200 20201016T1345 Asia/Ho_Chi_Minh Exploring Learning Needs of Gifted EFL Students

Gifted students are often characterized as those who demonstrate distinctive characteristics, both intellectually and emotionally. Thus, they may have learning needs that are distinctive from non-gifted students. Failure to meet the needs of these learners may lead to their low motivation, low attention, and consequently low academic achievement. Although gifted education in Vietnam has got a relatively long history, gifted English as a Foreign Language (EFL) remained somewhat under-researched. Studies that focus on learning needs of gifted EFL students in Vietnam are almost undetectable. This study thus aimed at discovering learners' and teachers' perceptions of gifted EFL students' learning needs. Data were collected through interviews with 137 gifted EFL students and five English teachers working with these students. Findings from the study suggested that (1) oral skills were perceived as most important and had potential to generate highest level of engagement among students; (2) speaking and writing appeared to be the most challenging areas as students often encountered problems like speaking shyness, lack of vocabulary and background knowledge, and mother tongue interference; (3) students' motivation for advanced English lessons and the National competition was not as high as expected. Additionally, the study revealed unique social-emotional issues of these students namely perfectionism and occupational indecision. These findings contributed to the limited literature on gifted students, particularly gifted EFL students in Vietnam. They also had important implications for the development and adaption of assessment methods, learning curriculum, instructional strategies, and social-emotional assistance for this unique group of learners.

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Gifted students are often characterized as those who demonstrate distinctive characteristics, both intellectually and emotionally. Thus, they may have learning needs that are distinctive from non-gifted students. Failure to meet the needs of these learners may lead to their low motivation, low attention, and consequently low academic achievement. Although gifted education in Vietnam has got a relatively long history, gifted English as a Foreign Language (EFL) remained somewhat under-researched. Studies that focus on learning needs of gifted EFL students in Vietnam are almost undetectable. This study thus aimed at discovering learners' and teachers' perceptions of gifted EFL students' learning needs. Data were collected through interviews with 137 gifted EFL students and five English teachers working with these students. Findings from the study suggested that (1) oral skills were perceived as most important and had potential to generate highest level of engagement among students; (2) speaking and writing appeared to be the most challenging areas as students often encountered problems like speaking shyness, lack of vocabulary and background knowledge, and mother tongue interference; (3) students' motivation for advanced English lessons and the National competition was not as high as expected. Additionally, the study revealed unique social-emotional issues of these students namely perfectionism and occupational indecision. These findings contributed to the limited literature on gifted students, particularly gifted EFL students in Vietnam. They also had important implications for the development and adaption of assessment methods, learning curriculum, instructional strategies, and social-emotional assistance for this unique group of learners.

Student
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ULIS- VNU
Lecturer
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University of Languages and International Studies,Vietnam National University
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Mrs. Trang Ho
Lecturer
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Đại học Ngoại Ngữ, Đại học Huế
Student
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University of Languages and International Studies, VNU Hanoi
Ms. Dung Le
Teacher
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Than Nhan Trung secondary school
Lead Teacher
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Australian Centre for Education, IDP Education Cambodia
Dr. Thu Hien Nguyen
Senior Lecturer
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University of Languages and International Studies,Vietnam National University
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