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Query:   Foreign Language Learning Disability: Summary
Author:  Andrea Osburne
Submitter Email:  click here to access email
Linguistic LingField(s):   Applied Linguistics
Neurolinguistics
Cognitive Science

Summary:   NOT LONG AGO I POSTED A QUERY ABOUT THE APPROPRIATENESS OF EXEMPTING
SUPPOSED FLL-DISABLED STUDENTS FROM LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS AND ALLOWING
THEM TO TAKE LINGUISTICS COURSES INSTEAD. FROM LYNN SANTELMANN
(U. WISCONSIN) AND JERRY PACKARD (U. ILLINOIS) I LEARNED OF SIMILAR
POLICIES AT TWO INSTITUTIONS, ALTHOUGH IN ONE OF THE TWO THE PLACEMENT
IS APPARENTLY CONFINED TO A LANGUAGE- SPECIFIC LINGUISTICS COURSE.
WITH REGARD TO THE ACTUAL DIAGNOSIS, CRITERIA SUCH AS PREVIOUS FAILURE
TO LEARN A FL AND A DISPARITY BETWEEN VERBAL SKILLS AND OTHER MEASURES
OF GENERAL INTELLIGENCE WERE MENTIONED. LYNNE HEWITT (PENN STATE U.),
WHILEE UNFAMILIAR WITH THIS PLACEMENT PRACTICE, SUGGESTED THAT A
LINGUISTICS COURSE WOULD BE AN APPROPRIATE TREATMENT FOR THE
DISABILITY, SUP- POSING SUCH A DISORDER TO EXIST.

THIS, OF COURSE, BRINGS UP THE OBVIOUS QUESTION OF THE EXISTENCE OF A
FLL DISABILITY, AND I ASKED RESPONDENTS FOR THEIR OPINIONS. NAKAMURA
AKIRA (TOKYO U. OF FOREIGN STUDIES) WONDERS WHETHER SOME POOR
PERFORMERS IN AN INTENSIVE JAPANESE LANGUAGE COURSE UNDER HIS
SUPERVISION MAY POSSIBLY HAVE BEEN SUFFERING FROM SUCH A DISORDER.
LYNNE HEWITT IS SKEPTICAL THAT A STUDENT ABLE TO ATTEND COLLEGE WOULD
NOT BE ABLE TO AT LEAST _PASS_ A BASIC FL COURSE WITH

LL Issue: 9.213
Date Posted: 12-Feb-1998
Original Query: Read original query