I would love to pick everyone's brain on the following topic:
Highschool freshman, cochlear implant recepient, turned on around 2 and a half years of age (33 months I believe). Nonverbal reasoning/ IQ high average, verbal comprehension below average. He's a very hard working student who prevasively struggles with reading comp, listening comp, following classroom instruction, written expression mirrors oral expression-frequently omits or errors on simple syntax and morphology, but is however less sequentially organized in writing. Honestly, his verbal expression is very similar to an ESL student. This student really wants to take spanish in high school, and I for one feel that this would help with vocabulary development and increasing metacognitive skills, specifically in regard to morphology and syntax. I question whether or not he would do well but think the experience would be beneficial in stengthening some of his underlying weaknesses in learning even his primary language. I am having difficulty finding research to support my theory- though the general consensus across research seems to only show positive results for learning a second language. I guess my question itself is quiet specific. I don't think there's much research on RD and LD Kids learning a foreign language and it's impact on L1. Does anyone have any insight/ thoughts/ further research to recommended reading up on??? The parents don't want the student taking a foreign language and I want to have a thorough background of information to present to them. Any help, even if it's to play devil's advocate, would be greatly appreciated!!!
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