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    Help What to do.. he can speak but he cannot read...

    Hi,
    So I have a student that has a learning difficulty of some sort, he is:
    22 years old
    2 years learning English in Australia
    Certificate for pre-intermediate
    pronunciation is poor but nearly understandable sometimes
    can read abc ok
    can copy text correctly, slowly but correctly, no errors
    cannot do math
    gets 47/100 for the Dolch 100 wordlist (ie "dad, this, that, and his" he cannot read yet)
    has very poor memory
    lies about his ability (I read the Bangkok Post)
    Cannot use most words correctly
    does not understand pronouns
    does not understand plurals

    I am supposed to be teaching him business English, but have told him that he needs to be able to read first.
    I started on the Dolch list, but his failure rate is astonishing for someone with 12 years of english education in him.
    He really has a learning disability, in 5 minutes he forgets "this", which I have spent 10 minutes explaining (multiple times).

    Any advice or should I tell him he needs professional help to identify and treat his problem with learning?

    Thanks
    Colin

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    Quote Originally Posted by Colinkbkk View Post
    Hi,
    So I have a student that has a learning difficulty of some sort, he is:
    22 years old
    2 years learning English in Australia
    Certificate for pre-intermediate
    pronunciation is poor but nearly understandable sometimes
    can read abc ok
    can copy text correctly, slowly but correctly, no errors
    cannot do math
    gets 47/100 for the Dolch 100 wordlist (ie "dad, this, that, and his" he cannot read yet)
    has very poor memory
    lies about his ability (I read the Bangkok Post)
    Cannot use most words correctly
    does not understand pronouns
    does not understand plurals

    I am supposed to be teaching him business English, but have told him that he needs to be able to read first.
    I started on the Dolch list, but his failure rate is astonishing for someone with 12 years of english education in him.
    He really has a learning disability, in 5 minutes he forgets "this", which I have spent 10 minutes explaining (multiple times).

    Any advice or should I tell him he needs professional help to identify and treat his problem with learning?

    Thanks
    Colin
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    Just simply speak to him I assume you are older that he ? then just impart wisdom

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