ERIC Number: ED442308
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Do My ESOL Students Have Learning Disabilities? A Practical Manual for ESOL Instructors Concerned about Learning Disabilities and the ESOL Learner.
Shewcraft, Dianne F.; Witkop, Eileen L.
This booklet, conceived, researched, and produced by teachers of English to speakers of other languages (ESOL) practitioners, is designed to help ESOL teachers identify and assess students who may have learning disabilities. Two groups of ESOL learners are the subject of this study: those ESOL adult learners who already have some formal education and are attempting further formal education and knowledge in English, who may also have a learning disability; and the ESOL adult learner seeking the same but has no or very little previous formal education. The book is divided into several sections covering the following topics: the definition of a learning disability, suspecting a learning disability in ESOL learners, approaching the learner, and classroom strategies. Extensive lists of resources are provided, as well as four appendices including a sample hands-on screening kit, a list of common acronyms pertinent to learning disabilities, a copy of the Americans With Disabilities Act, and a practitioner questionnaire. (Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse for ESL Literacy Education) (KFT)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Bilingual Education Programs, Classroom Techniques, Educational Diagnosis, Educational Legislation, English (Second Language), Federal Legislation, Learning Disabilities, Limited English Speaking, Questionnaires, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Teacher Education
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: Massachusetts State Dept. of Education, Boston. Bureau of Community Education and Adult Services.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: This notebook is a product of Young Adults with Learning Disabilities Project (YALD), Pittsfield Public Schools Adult Learning Center, Hampden County Sheriff's Department and Correctional Center, and the Learning Connection.