Okay- I feel like an idiot. But at least it's not toooo late for me. And maybe this will help some of you too. And perhaps you'll have some good advice for me.
This is my second year teaching in Korea- one in a hogwan (private academy) and once in the public schools.
This is the second time I have had a hearing impaired student attend classes. The problem? Lip reading is hard to do in your native language. A second lanugage is even harder. What is needed is a better solution.
Last year my student was really young and had a hearing device that helped him alot. Though I admit both of us really really dreaded speaking exams (we had them every class). I resorted to mouthing the words to him alot. Which had better results than actually speaking out loud. His pronunication got better than way as compared to me speaking to him. I also sat him near the front where he could see my lips. The term ended fairly well that way.
This year my older student is required to attend class and has a good attitude. However, I can't always gets her to sit in the front. And in a class of 33, whose composite Englih level is pretty low, it's really hard to get to her all the time. Her hearing ability is a lot lower than the first student I taught. She spends a lot of class looking at other students to figure out what is happening. I have felt horrible about the fact that I've not been able to really comminucate or help her during class. I try and so does she. I speak slowly. Annunicate well. Write in her book. But I still feel bad. She is required to attend class. So what can I do to help her?
My sudden realization- teach her English sign language. I know very very little. But I DO know the alphabet. And since Korea schools focus on target sentences each chapter, I can at least learn those. Any ideas on resources or other ways to help her or students like her?
It may seem late in the year to you (for Korean students)...but at least we can get a move on it with her. And start a resource for other students who'll be coming along soon... Thanks in advance for your advice!
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