Addressing Autism Spectrum Disorders in the Secondary World Language Classroom

Open Access
Davidson, Andrew P
Area of Honors:
World Languages Education
Bachelor of Science
Document Type:
Thesis Supervisors:
  • Matthew Edward Poehner, Thesis Supervisor
  • Matthew Edward Poehner, Honors Advisor
  • Dr. Theresa Hoover, Faculty Reader
  • autism spectrum disorders
  • secondary education
  • world languages education
  • special education
Students with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) make up a rising percentage of the students in secondary general education classrooms (Zager, Wehmeyer &Simpson, 2012). Despite this growing precedent, there remains little research and discussion on effective methods for addressing the need of these students in the secondary classroom environment. This paper, examines some of the research relating to students with learning difficulties in an effort to apply the data to the reality of students with ASD in the secondary world language classroom. Also discussed are common world language teaching methodologies, in order to assess their potential effectiveness when addressing students with ASD in the secondary world language classroom.