ERIC Number: ED292335
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Profiles of Frustration: Second Language Learners with Specific Learning Disabilities.
Myer, Bettye J.; Ganschow, Leonore
Two years of language study is a requirement in most colleges and universities for many degree programs and, at the high school level, an expectation for college-bound students. However, some very capable students with specific learning disabilities (SLD) have difficulty learning a second language. Recent research has identified characteristics of students with language-based learning disabilities and of students who are successful language learners. It has also identified some of the problems the former group of students may encounter in the second-language classroom. The characteristics of the disabilities are diverse and do not fit a single profile, but some typical patterns have emerged. Colleges and universities have begun to develop formalized procedures to provide these students with needed services and course alternatives. Students can be taught adaptive cognitive strategies to apply to foreign language learning, in effect teaching the students how to learn language-related skills. This, along with the provision of academic options for SLD students having difficulty with language requirements, is a logical direction for foreign language education to take. (MSE)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Aptitude Tests, Case Studies, Cognitive Processes, College Students, Educational Diagnosis, Graduation Requirements, Higher Education, Language Aptitude, Language Rhythm, Learning Disabilities, Learning Strategies, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Secondary Education, Student Characteristics, Student Needs
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Lalande, John F. II, Ed., Shaping the Future of Language Education: FLES, Articulation, and Proficiency. Report of Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Language; see FL 017 249.