Date Approved

9-20-2016

Embargo Period

9-20-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. Special Education

Department

Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Accardo, Amy

Second Advisor

Kuder, Sydney J.

Subject(s)

Communicative disorders; Language and languages--Study and teaching; Learning disabled teenagers

Disciplines

Special Education and Teaching

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of using the instructional strategies of Total Physical Response (TPR) and Natural Approach (NA) on the foreign language acquisition of students with learning disabilities (LD) in an inclusion Spanish classroom. The study utilized an ABAB single subject design, and was designed to build on the research recommendation of Duran (1993) to examine the effect of a combined approach utilizing TPR and NA strategies to teach foreign language to students with LD. Results reveal that the daily language acquisition scores of two of the four students increased during both intervention phases, and that students were satisfied with the intervention. Findings suggest that TPR and NA are more effective for students with ADHD than students with communication impairments.

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