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A student with a learning disability lives in two worlds. In one he is bright, outgoing and curious. In the other he is struggling to read and write. English teachers have the particular challenge of bridging and shortening the gap between the two worlds of the learning disabled.

The authors, English teachers at Vanguard Intercultural High School, in Montreal, have developed an English Program that helps meet the challenge. Their Program not only places great emphasis upon the direct, structured teaching of writing and reading (including decoding) but integrates it into the provincial writing and literature requirements for Secondary I, II and III.

This handbook is a useful, basic guide for teachers and parents of learning-disabled students. Here are some comments of the students:

“I didn’t just improve in English but in all the subjects that need reading and writing skills.”

“Practicing the word list and using the spell guide helped me become the reader and writer I am today.”

“My writing and reading are coming along by doing a very simple thing like practicing as much as possible.”

“Attention [from a teacher] gives an individual hope that they can overcome and excel and overcome their obstacles. I have a bit more optimistic view of the future.”

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