Involving children with visual impairment in the learning process of an EFL inclusive class

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Abstract

In this article, we consider the most relevant and accessible educational resources, as well as the methods and forms of establishing an integrated study space for effective English language teaching of sighted and blind children. We discuss several important aspects of an inclusive class teaching and present a model of group involving teaching approach based on audio-lingual and communicative teaching methods with some examples of classroom and home tasks to set for the work of children with visual impairments. In addition, the article has a list of a handy Internet resources that might be adopted for in and out of class learning practice of English skills by means of the universal access computer systems and various applications that will help children with eyesight problems.

General Information

Keywords: Inclusive education, innovative technologies, language training of blind and visually impaired people, audio-lingual method, communicative learning, universal access

Journal rubric: Linguodidactics and Innovations.Psychological Basis of Learning Languages and Cultures.

Article type: scientific article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.17759/langt.2017040312

For citation: Mikhailova A.E., Shilova Y.S. Involving children with visual impairment in the learning process of an EFL inclusive class [Elektronnyi resurs]. Âzyk i tekst = Language and Text, 2017. Vol. 4, no. 3, pp. 116–128. DOI: 10.17759/langt.2017040312. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)

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Information About the Authors

Anastasiya E. Mikhailova, PhD in Philology, Associate professor of the Linguodidactics and Cross-cultural Department of the Faculty of Foreign Languages, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia, e-mail: mygoogroom@gmail.com

Yulia S. Shilova, BA, Department of linguistics and intercultural communication, Faculty of Foreign Languages, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia, e-mail: jshilova@gmail.com

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