M.A. Special Education
Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education
College of Education
Committee Member 1
Kuder, Sydney J.
ADHD, Natural Approach, communication impaired, disabilities, TPR
Communicative disorders; Language and languages--Study and teaching; Learning disabled teenagers
Special Education and Teaching
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.
Dalessandro, Jessica Lynn, "Total Physical Response and the Natural Approach to teaching foreign language to students with disabilities" (2016). Theses and Dissertations. 2324.