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Helping student with learning disabilities with learning English

Anja Šnuderl (2013) Helping student with learning disabilities with learning English. Diploma thesis.

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    When entering high-school, students are met with new requirements and expectations. A lot of students with learning disabilities have poorly developed basic school skills and metacognitive strategies. These difficulties are most expressed with general educational subjects, including English. Difficulties with learning English are most often derived from the native language and therefore expressed in the same manner, but may also arise because of memory problems, anxiety and difficulties with management of grammar. The importance of knowing foreign languages has increased considerably in the last years. This has led to new challenges in foreign language classes, requiring adaptations and implementing new methods and approaches. Hereinafter I focus on helping a student with learning disabilities with learning English and state different adaptations, approaches and recommendations. Within the frames of strategies, approaches and methods for learning and teaching English, I define metacognition, language learning strategies, multisensory learning, mnemotechinques, graphical organizers and memory cards. In my empirical part, I included a 1st year student with learning disabilities, attending High school for catering and tourism (three-year program). First, I evaluated his starting knowledge of English and his abilities to learn English with tests, and then set up goals that he must accomplish with his teacher. The goal of this empirical part was to devise a training aid, which would, through appropriate strategies, activities, assignments and materials, help with better knowledge of English and more efficient learning strategies of the student. The training which lasted 5 months (18 meetings) proved to be effective, as comparison of initial and final testing showed progress in knowledge and selection of more efficient learning strategies. Increase in performance is also confirmed by the students’ final grade in English, dobro (3).

    Item Type: Thesis (Diploma thesis)
    Keywords: students with learning disabilities, high schools, learning English, strategies and approaches for learning English
    Number of Pages: 90
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    izr. prof. dr. Marija KavklerMentor
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=search&base=50126&select=(ID=9753161)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 1701
    Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2013 12:54
    Last Modified: 16 Sep 2013 12:54
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/1701

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