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Literature Review: English Language Teaching Strategies for Learning-Disabled Secondary School Students

Introduction

     One of the aims of the Singapore Ministry of Education is to ensure that all school-going children receive a minimum ten years of general education. Streaming is one way to ensure that all students are taught according to their academic ability, and “learn at a pace which they can cope.” (Coping with Singaporeans’ Concerns, 2001, p. 4). At the primary school level, remediation programmes such as the “Learning Support Programme (LSP) and the Encouragement Achievement and Better Learning (ENABLE) Programmes” are made available to assist students who have been assessed as
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     English is one of the four official languages in Singapore. English is also the language of public administration, commerce, education and the lingua franca among the different racial groups in Singapore. Therefore, according to the Singapore Ministry of Education, “the ability to speak and write English effectively, therefore, has become an essential skill in the workplace, and a mastery of English is vital to Singapore’s pupils.” (MOE, English Language Syllabus 2001, p. 2). Teachers play a critical role in modeling the appropriate English language use, both spoken and written, for students in school. (See Appendix I for Ministry of Education’s 2001 English Language Syllabus for Primary and Secondary Schools)

The following literature review will examine look at the research and literature on language teaching for learning-disable students, particularly at secondary school level. First, it will describe the definitions of “learning disabilities” and the academic characteristics of adolescents. Next, it will review studies on teaching approaches and strategies for reading and written expression. This will be followed by a brief analysis of the applicability of the reviewed teaching approaches and strategies in the Singapore schools.

Definitions

IDEA has defined those with specific learning disabilities as “a heterogeneous group of

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