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ERIC Number: ED378562
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Lennie Learns To Read.
Murray, Dorothy S.
"Lennie," labelled early in life with an IQ number below 70, at age 25 and awaiting trial for murder took on the challenge of learning to read a complex, sophisticated language. He joined a class filled with people who were curious about the way words worked and who used the handbook "Crashing the Language Barrier: The English Language--The Way It Really Is" as the tour book for their journey through the English language. Lennie was introduced to concepts about language, not items to be memorized. He learned the sound/symbol relationship and its many variations, the principle of the digraph and syllables, the structure of the sentence, the principle of main idea and its development, and the role of language in people's lives. He contributed what he could to the group, and in return, the group respected his contributions and encouraged him. Lennie and the others in the group recognized the difference between learning to read and the act of reading itself. After 10 weeks, Lennie was able to read famous short stories together with the group. (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A