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!