Visual Learning Approach to treat Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)
The term ‘Specific Learning Difficulty’ (SpLD) is a term that refers to a difference or difficulty with particular aspects of learning that affect the understanding of a text (e.g. text overlapping; handwriting difficulties; spelling mistakes; needing to re-read; memory difficulties; difficulty in getting the ideas on paper..). The most common SpLDs are dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia and attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder. It’s important to underline that SpLDs are independent of intellectual ability, socio-economic or language background. However, the path to achieve may require far greater effort and a distinct set of skills. The challenge and opportunity in an educational context is to be aware of the specific effects of these differences and to explore a variety of methods and techniques to facilitate optimal learning such as compensatory measures; multimedia tools and a systematic method of study. Thanks to the Visual Learning Approach adopted by ABA English, dyslexic people can try their hand at studying English by taking advantage of the benefits of our Academy.
ABA English course and benefits that our method can bring to dyslexics’ people
The method that characterizes our Academy is known as ’natural method’: we believe in learning a new language as a child would do, just figuring out to face some real-life scenarios.
Thanks to the multisensory approach we adopt, we can stimulate at the same time the visual and the auditory channels and we are then able to increase the input dyslexics’ students receive.
I. The learning process of ABA English course starts with the ABA Films that show what real life is like in Britain and the US.
Benefit: watching films in the original language makes it possible to associate an image with the sound in real time, while reading the written version of the scenario
II .Afterwards, we encounter the Speak Section where student will record and study all the sentences of the previous dialogue using our Listen-Record-Compare technology (LRC) and interact by interpreting the roles of the native actors who appear in the short films.
Benefit: Listening to a mother tongue teacher reading an English text, repeating what you have listened to, Comparing the pronunciations allows the auditory memorization that goes hand in hand with the reading of the text.
III. Without any doubt, the vocabulary is essential for gaining wider knowledge of a language and there’s nothing better than learning new words while having fun. This is the reason why our #ABAmoments were launched.
Benefit: the section stimulates the visual, auditory and kinaesthetic channels at the same time. It is combination of colour coding and sensorial support. We do believe that the visual channel (Visual Learning Experience) is preferential as the images help to remember.
IV. Personal Teacher: for any linguistic doubt you may have you are always entitled to drop a message to your teacher whom will be more than glad to take care of you. Affective teacher always means effective learning.
V. Learn Talk: you will schedule a chat with your personal teacher that, according to your needs and considering your progress, will prepare a class for you.
Benefits: The affection, understanding and appreciation of the teacher produce enthusiasm, trust, facilitation. The metacognitive teaching together with a systematic method develops the awareness of what we are doing; why we are doing that; when we need to do so and under which conditions.
The goal of ABA English is to produce and maintain a high level of motivation and perseverance to allow the student to increase their motivation and to achieve great goals.