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ERIC Number: EJ857575
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Aug
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-0309-877X
Teaching French to a Non-Sighted Undergraduate: Adjusting Practices to Deliver Inclusive Education
Enjelvin, Geraldine Daniele
Journal of Further and Higher Education, v33 n3 p265-279 Aug 2009
This article sets out to illustrate the needs of a registered blind undergraduate student embarking upon a post-A-level French course at the University of Northampton. It also reflects upon (1) some of the challenges faced by the higher education (HE) tutors concerned and (2) the key adjustments put into place with a view to adopting differentiation strategies and creating a supportive, enabling, and inclusive teaching/learning (T/L) environment whilst maintaining academic standards. Because language students' exposure to the written word is deemed essential to the development of their accuracy, many effective traditional "sighted" activities are generally used to that effect. This article outlines the alternative tasks that had to be designed, some with a user-friendly handheld electronic voting system named Qwizdom, others with WimbaCreate, a Microsoft Word add-on for converting Word documents into accessible web pages. Last but not least, this article also provides suggestions for future, anticipatory adjustments to teaching strategies and (T/L as well as assessment) materials in line with the lessons learnt from the last two academic years. (Contains 7 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom