This AFB webinar presented by Madeline Milian, Ed.D., provides an overview of important factors that need to be taken into consideration when educating students who are blind or visually impaired and are learning English as a new language. It then discusses the sequence of listening skills as it relates to learning a new language, and it concludes with suggestions that teachers may find helpful when designing listening activities for students who are both learning English as a new language and have a visual impairment.
Key Points of Listening Guidelines for English Language Learners (ELL) Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired
- Match listening activities to the student's English proficiency level.
- Develop lessons around environmental sounds.
- Teach key phrases that will help the student solicit clarification.
- Learn the basic difference between students' native language and English.
- Teach key questions.
- Connect listening with literacy skills.
- Pay attention to your wait time.
- Use appropriate rate of speech.