Intelligence in Gifted L2 Learners

  • Adriana BiedrońEmail author
Part of the Second Language Learning and Teaching book series (SLLT)


The role of intelligence in gifted L2 learners was investigated. The following instruments were used in the study: the Wechsler Intelligence Scale and the Modern Language Aptitude Test. Analysis revealed that intelligence in gifted L2 learners is higher than in the normal Polish population. The factor of memory has been found to provide a statistically significant contribution to foreign language aptitude. The conclusion is that intelligence and foreign language aptitude are moderately positively correlated and the correlation is primarily based on the shared feature representing the memory factor. Results might contribute to the understanding of the controversial role of the general cognitive factor (IQ) as well as other cognitive abilities in gifted L2 learners. A suggestion that memory, next to the reasoning ability, is a significant variable in determining the outcome of learning a foreign language is discussed.


Intelligence Quotient General Cognitive Ability Memory Factor Intelligence Quotient Picture Completion 
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Preparation of this research project was supported by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education in 2009–2011.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Pomeranian AcademySłupskPoland

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