ERIC Number: ED355789
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Foreign Language Education in the Middle School: A Special Education Teacher's View.
Finamore, Maria Grazia Madonna
Mid-Atlantic Journal of Foreign Language Pedagogy, v1 p19-29 Spr 1993
Because of the emphasis placed on language and the language process by both foreign language and special education, one must examine both the theoretical and the methodological similarities between the two areas. Even though differences between the students should be noted, what really needs to be examined is the learning process itself. This report examines several similarities between foreign languages and special education. Students in both areas have a gap in learning--special education in the total learning experience and foreign language in the acquisition of a second language. Both have individual learning styles that require attention, and both need meaningful activities to aid in the total language learning process. Both need individualization in the program. Both areas are and should be student-centered fields aimed at increasing the ability to use one's communicative skills to the best of one's ability. Although there is a wealth of research on elementary and adult learners and second-language acquisition, there is virtually no research on the middle school population. It is suggested that foreign language education should look to special education as well as other fields in search of similarities aimed at improving the teaching of foreign languages at all levels. (VWL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Journal Articles
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Note: For serial issue in which this paper appears, see FL 021 050.