ERIC Number: ED432144
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Mar-12
Adult Learning Disabilities in Intensive English Programs: A Call for Action.
Beaubien, Richard L.
The need for a better understanding and better treatment of learning disabilities (LD) in adult learners of English as a second language (ESL) is discussed. Such an effort should draw on both existing knowledge of LD in the first-language context and new research on LD and second language learning. The ethical implications of teaching ESL to adults suspected of LD without use of teaching techniques known to be effective in first-language LD instruction are examined, and some basic information about LD in the educational context is presented. Issues in the identification of LD are examined, drawing on recent research, areas for future research are proposed, and some approaches to identifying and planning instruction for LD students in this population are suggested. Legal, instructional, and financial issues in the treatment of LD are also explored. (Contains 10 references) (MSE)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (33rd, New York, NY, March 9-13, 1999).