Many thanks to Caitlyn at Learning Ahoy for inviting me to participate in this interesting and wonderfully meaningful blog hop during Autism Awareness Month. (If you didn't make your way to me through yesterday's blog posts, then you really have to check out Andrea's touching and inspiring story at For the Love of Teaching Math, and pop by The Resource(ful) Room's post as well! They both have a freebie for you!

I thought I'd let other teachers know about this resource, which I found mentioned on the Canadian Parents for French web site for B.C. It's written by a former Ontario teacher, qualified special education teacher, and mother of an autistic child. It looks like an easy but highly informative read, and is only $10 (USD) for the electronic version.

In reviewing my own experiences and doing a little research, I've written these five tips for second language teachers.

I found a very interesting first person account of learning French by an autistic blogger. To me, the moral of the story, with an impending, and long overdue curriculum shift for French in Ontario schools - is that good teachers need to have a wealth of tools in their instructional tool belt. Don't throw something away just because it's gone out of vogue. Be ready to adapt to the various ways students CAN be reached and do whatever work is necessary to find and help them to capitalize on their strengths. (If you visit this site, be sure to read the section near the end about his visit to France years after stopping formal instruction!)

Another informative source I consulted was this report from the UK.

For my freebie, I'm offering you a Word document version of how I modified the final assessment for a Fast Food/Snack Bar unit (which is the first unit in the Pearson resource On Y Va 2). This version is an adaptation of a model to better support students who had difficulty figuring out from contextual clues what they might need to say in their own creative sales pitch presentation.

Tomorrow, your next stops for the blog hop are to visit Mandy Myers at A Special Kind of Class and Kim at Joy in 6th.

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Heather from Teaching Through Turbulence will be hosting a give-away on behalf of the whole crew that joined forces for this blog hop. Be sure to come back and visit her as well on April 8 to enter the give-away for a fabulous {and tangible!} prize for those of you with autistic or other developmentally delayed students in your classroom!


  1. Thanks for sharing this great tips. It will really help me to find the best online teaching resources.

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  2. Roseanne Nelson12/06/2013 1:10 pm

    Bonjour Madame Aiello!
    This is too funny, I just stumbled on this site and this page and I have done exactly the same thing (give or take a word or two) for my modified and some accommodated students! Great minds...... n'est-ce pas?

    1. Oui, absolument! C'est drôle. :-) You haven't been to my blog before, Roseanne? I'm beccoming less shy about it, but still feel a little weird telling people I have one.

      Your comment also explains the reason why I share things... and encourage others to do the same! I'd much rather have 80% of the work done for me & tweak something to my needs (or I'm even willing to spend a few dollars to save me time, for quality resources that I can take & use as-is!) than have us all sit separately and feel like we have to reinvent the wheel! That old-fashioned way of teaching seems just so silly.

  3. Mandy Myers is just AWESOME!!! xoxoxo


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