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ERIC Number: ED465282
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 41
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Two Languages Too: Second Language Learning and Children with Special Needs.
Norris, Lindy
In 1998, the Education Department of Western Australia commissioned a research project to investigate the implementation and development of second language learning for special needs students in three diverse elementary education support settings. This paper presents project findings. Researchers documented implementation, collected and analyzed all documents relevant to the program, interviewed staff and parents, observed student learning, and recorded learning outcomes at each school. The idea of special needs children learning a second language elicited a range of views and responses from staff, students, and parents associated with the three education support settings. Overall, administrators', teachers', and parents' views about second language learning for special needs students varied by their beliefs about what language learning meant and by the extent to which their philosophy of education for special needs students was driven by functionalism. Many parents and teachers who were initially hesitant about the program changed their minds to support the program once they understood it. Students were very positive about the experience. Implementation of a second language learning program for these students posed unique problems within each of the different settings. (Contains 11 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia