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Old 07-Aug-2013, 06:50 PM (18:50)   #51
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I went to Quebec with my parents in 1959. I was like 10 years old. I remember it though. And the French spoken in Quebec is different in some ways from the real thing. But I can understand them. Two of my last students were from there and their French was very good I thought.
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Old 12-Aug-2013, 07:49 PM (19:49)   #52
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I spent a long weekend in Quebec City while visiting in-laws in Toronto. I have no idea why I had never heard of it before. It is amazing.
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Old 13-Aug-2013, 12:38 AM (00:38)   #53
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It's not really surprising when you consider how languages evolve. We here in the states don't speak English exactly the same as someone from South Africa, Scotland, England or New Zealand. So it's to be expected that people from Switzerland, Belgium, the Congo or Haiti speak different French than someone from Paris or Bordeaux. And even within France----my student is from Paris. Very different than my Grand parents who were from the Auvergne in the south of France.
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Old 06-Feb-2014, 12:40 AM (00:40)   #54
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Well it's been some months now, but I have a new student. He is an American 19 yr old high school boy, who reads at about the 4th or 5th grade level. We are pretty sure he is dyslexic. He also spent some time in juvenile detention in his home state of Illinois. He now lives here in Florida with his Aunt and grandparents. I'll be having my 1st lesson with him Friday. We will be using the Barton system of reading and spelling. He has had special ed in the past and it didn't help. Barton is about his last chance.

He is looking for a job, but because he has an adult record, he isn't having any luck so far. The incident he was involved in happened when he was 16, and all he'll tell me about it is that it involved a girl. I'm not sure how a juvenile incident got him an adult record. But there it is. This is going to be a real challenge. All my students up until now have been ESL folks-----foreign language speakers.

About 94-95% of the students in the program are ESL. The other 5-6% are English speakers who have a learning disability, or who "fell through the cracks" in the U.S. school system and can't read very well. According to statistics quoted to me by an instructor in the program, about 1 in 5 children in the U.S. has some degree or another of dyslexia. That's 20% people. Not encouraging. We know that there are a lot more Americans around who cant' read, but they are reluctant to seek help because of the stigma associated----unjustly of course----with not being literate. Our program is trying to make an outreach to find more of them, and we are having some success. The number of American enrolees has increased in this area lately.

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Old 06-Feb-2014, 03:14 PM (15:14)   #55
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Sometimes the schools do fail the student. Best of luck with this one, and I'm sure you'll have some success. Just expect it!
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