Teaching Second Language Learners With Learning Disabilities: Strategies for Effective Practice

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J Dixon Hearne

Teaching Second Language Learners With Learning Disabilities

Here is a comprehensive, easy-to-use resource that will help you to meet the needs of second language learners with language disorders, reading disabilities, and other problems that affect learning in the school environment. The book provides an overview of the field of learning disabilities, a discussion of parallels between special education and bilingual education, an examination of emerging theories on second language acquisition, and practical intervention strategies.

Here are just a few of the topics included:

  • Identifying and using children?s strengths to build language and literacy skills;
  • Building the language and thinking skills necessary for academic success;
  • Adapting instructional activities to meet the diverse needs of learners;
  • Implementing multicultural approaches to instruction
  • Using technology to enhance learning;
  • Using authentic assessment strategies to identify learning needs;
  • Using curriculum-based assessment and instruction, integrated thematic instruction, and other program models;
  • Writing IEP objectives that are relevant to the content of the classroom curriculum.

Sample IEP objectives are included for teaching vocabulary, grammar, reading, writing, and other skills. The book also includes lists of instructional resources, web sites, and reproducible record forms.