Catering for gifted and high ability learners in the mixed ability languages classroom

Languages education poses unique challenges for teachers as they seek to differentiate the classroom curriculum for a very wide range of ability levels, from absolute beginners to native speakers. This session aims to provide teachers with specific understandings and tools for catering for the complexities of cognitively and linguistically advanced students in the mixed ability Languages classroom.



Amy Horneman is an experienced gifted education practitioner who currently coordinates the gifted program at the Plenty and University campuses of Ivanhoe Grammar School, and was recently the gifted program coordinator at Scotch College, Melbourne. She is an active committee member (consultant, seminar writer and presenter) of the Victorian Association for Gifted and Talented Children. She holds a Bachelor of Arts/Education (Secondary) in English Literature and German Language, and a Master of Arts (Applied Linguistics). She has completed postgraduate studies in educational leadership and gifted education.