ERIC Number: ED249808
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Teaching English as a Foreign Language to the Visually Handicapped.
de Herrera, Betty Phillips
MEXTESOL Journal, v8 n3 p15-23 Oct 1984
Techniques for teachers to use in mainstreaming visually handicapped students in instruction of English as a second language are discussed. They include: (1) having an initial student interview to explore the student's knowledge of braille and gather other relevant information about student skills; (2) not developing negative attitudes or becoming overprotective; (3) providing activities that the student can participate in comfortably; (4) having the entire class be blindfolded through all the normal class activities to develop sighted student empathy; and (5) speaking clearly and precisely and encouraging others to do the same. Additional out-of-class assistance can include providing tutoring; encouraging attendance at English-language movies, clubs, and private English classes; and exploiting the other senses with clay, fabrics, and other substances. A variety of organizations and information sources are available in the United States and Mexico City to provide further ideas and assistance. (MSE)
Descriptors: Blindness, Class Activities, Classroom Communication, Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques, Empathy, English (Second Language), Films, Foreign Countries, Information Sources, Interviews, Mainstreaming, Organizations (Groups), Second Language Instruction, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Student Relationship, Tutoring, Visual Impairments
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Journal Articles; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Mexico (Mexico City)
Note: Paper is based on a talk given at the Annual Convention of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (18th, Houston, TX, March 6-11, 1984).