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MITMEKEELNE ERIVAJADUSEGA ÕPILANE KOOLIS [Multilingual Student with Special Needs in School]

Date of Publication

2020

Target Group

Lecturers
Students

Domain Area

Medicine & Nursing
Teacher Education

Learning Scenario

Classroom Context

Target Language

Estonian

Language of Instruction

Any language

CEFR level

C1
C2

Type of Material

Guiding resources (online course/book)

Linguistic Features

Vocabulary
Grammar

Skills

Listening
Critical Thinking
Writing
Reading

Description

The resource is a handbook on dealing with multilingual students with special needs in school. The subject matter of the resource are students with a mother tongue other than the language of instruction who acquire Estonian as a second language and have a special developmental need. The resource rests upon core pedagogical principles and discusses their application and further adjustments. There are also case studies, featuring specific examples, provided in the book.

Case study

The resource may be used for classroom work. Since the handbook deals with a specific topic, the entire resource or its individual sections may be used both for general educational purposes as well as special assignments. For instance, the lecturer may assign selected excerpts to students for reading and presenting to class, writing summaries, commenting on the teaching methods proposed in the resource, and developing new methodologies. Some information presented in the bullet form, so students may be asked to develop further reasoning and elaborate on the statements given in the resource. Testing the students' knowledge, the lecturer may select a portion of text and obscure every 10th word in it, asking the student to provide the missing word.

Guidelines

The resource comes in pdf format and is easily accessible. The instructor may select the relevant sections of the resource by consulting the content page. The resource itself provides a comprehensive discussion of teaching Estonian as a second language to students with special needs and hence may be used as a resource in any classroom where this or related topics are part of the curriculum.

Review

Category
Rate
Comprehensive approach
Capacity to match the needs of lecturers and students

3

Added value
The provided tangible improvements

3

Motivation enhancement
The capacity to motivate students to improve their language skills

3

Innovation
Effectiveness in introducing innovative, creative and previously unknown approaches to LSP learning

2

Transferability
Measurement of the transferable potential and possibility to be a source of further capitalisation/application for other language projects in different countries

4

Skills assessment and validation
Availability of appropriate tools for lecturers to monitor students’ progress and for students to assess own progress and to reflect on learning

1

Adaptability
Flexibility of the contents and possibilities for the LSP lecturers to adapt the contents to their and to students’ need

3

Usability
Assess the technical usability from the point of view of the lecturer and the student

5

Accessibility
Assess the accessibility from the point of view of the lecturer and the student

5

Comments:
The resource comes as a handbook in the pdf format, and hence the variety of activities is primarily linked to the use of the text, reading it together in the classroom, or assigning as a homework assignment for individual work. The graphs in the provided in the resource may be used for soliciting expanded comments while textual material may be taken as a basis for written assignments. It should be borne in mind, however, that the resource comes as part of a larger project with its main website at https://ranne.ut.ee/ . This potentially unfolds significantly more opportunities for collecting further information on Estonian as a second language.
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