When students are learning about prepositions in their language arts classes, they mostly rely on concepts that they have experienced visually. Students can see the pencils beside the books on the desk in the classroom. To assist students with visual impairments, I adapted a method that I previously used in my French classroom. In my French textbook, there would be illustrations showing a cat under the chair, on a table, near a door, etc. with the French word printed next to it. I would supplement this activity by placing a book (or other item) on the desk, in the box, beside the pencils, etc. while saying the phrase in French. Then in French, I would ask the students to place their textbooks under the desk, on their desk, in their book bag, etc. This same concept would work with students with visual impairments. If a teacher would sit down with a student and give him or her examples of an item being in, on, under, or behind another object, the student can model the concepts and learn their prepositions through these demonstrations. Although this strategy would be more effective with younger children, it could also be used with older students to help reinforce prepositions in their foreign language courses. It could be used in the ELL classroom too.
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