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Language Education and Special Needs

Principles for Enhancing Language Teaching Accessibility

Alexis Culotta    Tulane University    

Ambra Torregrossa    Affiliazione al VeDPH    

Julia Anna Jasmin Pfeiffer    Chemnitz University of Technology    

Nora Linser    mumok - Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien    

Eleonora Zanasi    Archivio storico comunale di Carpi (MO)    

Clayton McCarl    University of North Florida    

Sharva Gogawale    Tel Aviv University    

Andrea Gozzi    Université de Montréal    

Alper Metin    Dipartimento delle Arti - Università di Bologna    

Cecilia Moscardo    Università Ca' Foscari Venezia    

Alíz Horváth    Eötvös Loránd University    

Marta Harasimowicz    Charles University Faculty of Arts, Department of Czech History    

Siefkes Martin    Technische Universität Chemnitz    

Chantal Pivetta    Lund University    

Annabel Castro    Universidad de Monterrey    

Mansu Wang    Politecnico di milano    

Davide Boerio    Medici Archive Project    

Michele Daloiso    Università degli Studi di Parma, Italia    



This paper outlines a possible methodological framework for teaching languages to special needs students. The paper is divided into three parts. The first section provides a definition of ‘language teaching accessibility’ and highlights the theoretical background that has led to this notion. Since it is impossible to achieve any kind of accessibility without knowing the student’s type of need, the second section introduces the notion of Functional Language Learning Profile, which is meant to be as an operational tool for the language teacher to get to know the student’s aptitude, learning style, linguistic background etc. in order to successfully design a personalized teaching plan for the special needs student. Finally, the third section discusses some teaching principles to achieve accessibility in the language classroom.

Nov. 1, 2012
Copyright: © 2012 Alexis Culotta, Ambra Torregrossa, Julia Anna Jasmin Pfeiffer, Nora Linser, Eleonora Zanasi, Clayton McCarl, Sharva Gogawale, Andrea Gozzi, Alper Metin, Cecilia Moscardo, Alíz Horváth, Marta Harasimowicz, Siefkes Martin, Chantal Pivetta, Annabel Castro, Mansu Wang, Davide Boerio, Michele Daloiso. This is an open-access work distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction is permitted, provided that the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. The license allows for commercial use. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.