I have a student who is hard of hearing (HOH), and has a good working memory. She is in Grade 12. However, her English language skills need a great boost. For that I am working with her on developing and polishing her grammar, vocabulary, writing and reading skills. When it comes to vocabulary, I have used some of the vocabulary exercises mentioned on Edutopia and additional resources on your website. Although, she has been successful in doing her own vocabulary works, finding meanings and synonyms etc, but when it comes to making sentences on her own, i.e. applying in other contexts, she fails to convey the meaning of the sentences adequately. While her grammar skills are being improved, working with words in new contexts are areas of difficulty for her.
What would you or other teachers suggest? I give her lots of examples through spoken discussion, visualizations and reading. But applying is bit difficult for her. I am a great follower of Blooms' taxonomy. I do know, earlier in her school life, teachers did not push towards HOTS (Higher Order Thinking Skills), most of the teachers are untrained. But I have a MA Education, so I am familiar with all those. Still when it comes to SEN, I struggle at times. I am myself HOH but fortunately, learning English language was a breeze for me. I was an avid reader. Somehow, I cannot recall how my teachers use to help us apply words in new contexts. Probably I am missing some easy tips!
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! -
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