Modified Spanish Program

Argentina Guachos Argentina Guachos
 Argentina Soccer Players  Argentina Soccer Players
The Guggenheim in Bilbao The Guggenheim in Bilbao
 Brazil Carnival Performer  Brazil Carnival Performer
 Brazil - Rio from the sky  Brazil - Rio from the sky
 Day of the Dead skull and flowers  Day of the Dead skull and flowers
 Student at Gijon Sign  Student at Gijon Sign
Spanish faculty at the UN Spanish faculty at the UN
 Spanish Faculty with Columbian Friends  Spanish Faculty with Columbian Friends
 Honduras Macaw and Mayan Ruins  Honduras Macaw and Mayan Ruins
 Incan carving  Incan carving
 Machu Picchu  Machu Picchu
 Madrid Cityscape  Madrid Cityscape
Mexico City Cityscape Mexico City Cityscape
 Nicaragua - Granada  Nicaragua - Granada
 Portugal - Belam Tower  Portugal - Belam Tower
Portuguese Tiles for sale in a Market Portuguese Tiles for sale in a Market
 Spanish Students in Culinary School  Spanish Students in Culinary School
 Spanish professor in language lab  Spanish professor in language lab
 Student in Gijon  Student in Gijon
Student in Seville Student in Seville
 Unidiversity Dancers  Unidiversity Dancers
 Wares for sale at Unidiversity  Wares for sale at Unidiversity
 Unidiversity Cultural Parade  Unidiversity Cultural Parade

Since Fall 2011, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese has offered modified Spanish courses for the Basic Language Sequence (SPN 101, 102, 201, and 202). These courses are designed for students who have diagnosed learning disabilities and for students who have demonstrated a significant difficulty in learning a foreign language.

The premise of this program is that students with diagnosed learning disabilities or demonstrated learning difficulties can learn a foreign language when courses are adapted to meet their learning needs.

The courses in the sequence include a similar scope and sequence to the non-modified courses, but employ a differentiated instructional approach. The approach is multi-sensory and highly structured. Instruction includes explicit phonetic and grammar explanations, while introducing concepts in a sequential and cumulative manner with consistent repetition and review.

Students may be referred to the program by an academic advisor, the Office of Learning Disability Resources, and/or a foreign language instructor. Upon referral to the program, students should contact the program coordinator, Tamise Ironstrack (at ironsttr@miamioh.edu or 513-529-4509), to discuss the program requirements and procedures for enrollment.