ERIC Number: ED402788
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Dec
Teaching Foreign Languages to At-Risk Learners. ERIC Digest.
This digest introduces a specialized approach to teaching at-risk students a foreign language. In the dyslexia literature, the approach is referred to as "multisensory structured language." Because the methodology places a strong emphasis on the metacognitive aspects of language in both native and foreign language instruction, the term "multisensory, structured, metacognitive language instruction" (MSML) is used to address at risk students' weaknesses in recognizing linguistic rules and structure patterns, which are necessary tools for becoming independent users of a foreign language. The approach involves the students in learning to access their linguistic knowledge and the instructor in facilitating metacognitive thought processes. MSML instruction is multisensory, structured, explicit, cumulative, metacognitive, highly repetitive, phonetic, alphabetic, and analytic/synthetical. Each 45- to 60-minute lesson focuses on one of the following rule systems: phonology/orthography, grammar, or vocabulary/morphology. These lessons are discussed in detail, and sample exercises are provided. (Author/JL)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, German, Grammar, High Risk Students, Language Patterns, Learning Disabilities, Metacognition, Morphology (Languages), Phonology, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Teaching Methods, Vocabulary Development
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Languages and Linguistics, Washington, DC.