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Old 03-13-2010, 09:49 AM
 
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Exactly. Especially with students with disabilities, it has nothing to do with their ability to learn or acquire the lang but with how it is presented to them.
That really is heartening to hear that you had a positive response from AS students; I will keep it in mind the next time I have a student with AS.
Plus, StarlaJane, I have to add, we have a 2-way immersion program with half the children being native Spanish-speaking learning English. As I'm sure you as a Spanish teacher can appreciate, that makes all the difference in the world to be surrounded by native speakers.
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Old 03-13-2010, 02:01 PM
 
Location: In the north country fair
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Plus, StarlaJane, I have to add, we have a 2-way immersion program with half the children being native Spanish-speaking learning English. As I'm sure you as a Spanish teacher can appreciate, that makes all the difference in the world to be surrounded by native speakers.
Absolutely. I live in FL., where many of the [best] language programs are 2-way immersion. Unfortunately, as a non-native speaker, I won't ever get a chance to teach in such a program
But I love knowing that AS students benefit from being in a class that is taught in Spanish, primarily b/c it provides a possibility for students who might otherwise be excluded from lang programs. It also prevents frustrations on the part of the teacher and the AS student by illustrating that these students can learn a foreign lang with the right approach.
Thanks for your input
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Old 03-18-2010, 11:05 AM
 
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I just wanted to add this will start in Grade 7 not now (he is now in 6th).
I plan to work with him over the summer and get him some good foundation. I just emailed his caseworker so I am sure she will give me **** about it.

We're prepared to fight the school on this. I will also supplement his teaching at home like I do now for his other classes.

I want him exposed to foreign languages early. We can worry about grades later.
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Old 06-01-2010, 03:11 AM
 
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I am a HS special ed teacher and would always recommend foreign languages if for nothing else, socialization. No one says that he must be there for a passing grade. Part of his adaptations should say that mastery level is based on whatever standards you set as a team. You are making a modification to his general ed. curriculum. That is called an IEP. If there is nothing to modify, there is no need for the IEP! He/should know this as I am sure you do.

No one can predict how he will do and he might love it, especially if there is a big oral/auditory component. Why would his teacher not allow his to experience that. Sounds ridiculous.

I had a mom tell me her son "can't do geometry". I asked her why she he couldn't and she said that he can't do algebra so he can't and won't do geometry. So frustrating.
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Old 06-01-2010, 08:29 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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I honestly believe that in order to really learn a language that only so much can be taught in the classroom. It helps to converse with someone regularly who knows the language and if its possible to immerse yourself in that country so you can be around people who speak the language and you so you can learn the culture as well. There are some summer programs where people can go overseas and learn a language.
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Old 06-02-2010, 07:54 AM
 
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I honestly believe that in order to really learn a language that only so much can be taught in the classroom. It helps to converse with someone regularly who knows the language and if its possible to immerse yourself in that country so you can be around people who speak the language and you so you can learn the culture as well. There are some summer programs where people can go overseas and learn a language.
If you do a Modern Languages degree in the UK then a year at an overseas University - in a country that speaks the language you are studying - is required. One of the objectives, of course, is to get the spoken language skills up to fluency level. I am a great believer in immersion and the younger the better.

We have friends whose son has learning difficulties. But he spent a summer near Dijon with a family and did very well in picking up French.
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Old 02-06-2021, 02:50 PM
 
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As a person who has been formally "exposed" to half a dozen languages, I can appreciate all the comments from the different posters. I would like to point out that there is a WEALTH of videos, computer programs, etc. available through the internet.
I especially like the TED Talks---
https://www.youtube.com/results?sear...guage+ted+talk

https://www.youtube.com/results?sear...arning+methods
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Old 04-13-2021, 07:08 AM
 
Location: Southern Illinois
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My son has mild AS syndrome but is quite intelligent, on the honor roll in grade 6. Next year he has the chance to take a foreign language which I really want him to do, but his special ed. facilitator is trying to say he is not ready for this for various reasons...(I totally disagree)..
Is it you or your son who wants this? I think if your son is fully on board with learning Spanish then full steam ahead because when a child is motivated, then they can accomplish anything but when a parent or teacher is pushing them then it may not work so well. Ask me how I know....
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Old 04-13-2021, 11:22 AM
 
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Is it you or your son who wants this? I think if your son is fully on board with learning Spanish then full steam ahead because when a child is motivated, then they can accomplish anything but when a parent or teacher is pushing them then it may not work so well. Ask me how I know....
That post is now 11 years old and the child is likely in his 20s by now. Hopefully he learned spanish!
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Old 04-14-2021, 08:43 AM
 
Location: Southern Illinois
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That post is now 11 years old and the child is likely in his 20s by now. Hopefully he learned spanish!
lol I usually look but sometimes forget. However I think that many times our answers are valuable anyway because many people may have the same question.
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