How can foreign language courses be made more accessible to students with disabilities?

DO-IT Factsheet #403

In the United States, foreign language is often a requirement for college graduation. Many college students have disabilities that impact their ability to see, hear, or process language. As a result, these students may struggle with the oral, visual, and processing tasks of learning a foreign language. However, foreign language classes can be made accessible to students with disabilities through careful planning and implementation of innovative teaching methods, such as those included in the following resources:

Learning Disabilities and Foreign Language Learning [1]

Foreign Languages and Students with Learning, Hearing, or Vision Disabilities [2]

Strategies for Helping Students Learn a Foreign Language [3]

Strategies recommended in these resources include the following: