Teaching ESL

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Author:  papadeli [ Wed Jan 18, 2012 10:25 am ]
Post subject:  Dyslexia

I have great problems with kids that have dyslexia. I've been trying to draw the words I teach, even letters- as if they were their meaning. For example I present d as a duck and eat as a person with an open mouth, that's letter e, trying to eat letter a, which is an apple. What about you? Don't you have students who can't remember well , have difficulties in writing etc? How can we help them?

At least, do you know a site -such as this- that offers flashcards or staff like Mark's?

Author:  mesmark [ Thu Jan 19, 2012 11:10 pm ]
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This is a difficult problem. It really needs to be addressed by a professional and not in English class, but if you have these students in class, you also need to attend to their needs.

I don't do much writing until students are 4th-6th grade. So, I haven't run across this problem. I do have some younger students working with the alphabet, but not heavily enough that this would present itself or make a dynamic presence in the classroom.

There are some speech pathologist that are forum members, but I'm not sure about reading specialists. Maybe someone else can offer some advice or share some experiences ...

As far as difficulty remembering class to class, I have a few of those students :)

There are a spectrum of students. Some can remember easily. Some are interested in English and remember because they are interested. Some are interested but aren't very gifted. Some just aren't interested. Some are disinterested and aren't very gifted.

There's not much that we can do about their physical ability, but we can (hopefully) do something about their level of interest. We can encourage them to remember more or try to remember more class to class by providing tasks that require them to remember, tasks that lead to goals they are interested in. For example a sticker for remembering all the words, a short TV show, a game of tag outside, a walk to a nearby park, 15 minutes on MES Games ;) or whatever interests them.

It's not easy, because it's individual. But, you need to find that motivating force and use it to help them remember.

Author:  Teacher Georgina [ Sun Feb 19, 2012 12:00 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Dyslexia

Dyslexia can be a big problem if it is allowed to be. Try to focus on their ability rather than their "dis"-ability....

Author:  PatriciaCapellan [ Sat Mar 17, 2012 5:18 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Dyslexia

Fight their learned helplessness. Modify the curriculum for that particular child. Devote more time to him by starting with the modification instructional materials you are using. The child has problem with the figure and ground as discussed by the Gestalt Principle. Read about that.

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