Maria, English as an additional language learner

United Kingdom

Who is Maria?

Maria Ribera is a dyslexic and ESL (English as a Second Language) medical doctor from South America, who settled in the UK about four years ago. She embarked on the above course, after her literacy level had been tested with WRAT4. Although the TTRS intervention took place over the period of about a year, in fact, it was only over several months she could practise due to work and domestic commitments.

What impact has TTRS made on Maria’s daily life?

Typing: Maria used to practise two-finger typing before; slowly and often inaccurately. Now she uses the GH (Good Hands-Good Homes) technique. She types faster, with fewer errors, more competently and professionally. This has boosted her confidence in the workplace tremendously.

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Pronunciation: She now recognises individual sounds in words much better, due to the auditory aspect of the multisensory approach in TTRS.

Vocabulary: Her vocabulary has noticeably expanded since she has learned more English words by looking up their meaning in a dictionary.

Speaking and Listening: She can explain herself (and argue!) more clearly in English and understands the people she deals with better. She has especially noticed this when using the telephone to communicate for work purposes or to discuss her children’s education issues.

Writing: The quality of her written work has improved manually as well as with the use of a keyboard. Overall, she has found that TTRS has helped her directly and her family indirectly to integrate easier within the society of their newly adopted homeland. The experience has improved her career prospects in the UK.

How did she practise TTRS?

In the weeks that she could practise she spent 30 minutes daily and conquered all the levels to the bitter end. Then she started all over again at Level 1 to further increase her English and typing standards.

Why did Maria consider TTRS as an intervention tool?

She wanted to improve her English literacy standards, i.e. reading, writing and comprehension plus her communication skills in her work and social environment. Moreover, she wanted to improve her typing speed and accuracy.

What else has been achieved?

Reading: When Maria was tested post TTRS intervention her scores revealed that word reading had improved by no less than 22 standard score points.

Spelling: The pre TTRS intervention test demonstrated that her spelling was already at average level, compared with her peers (which is remarkable for an EFL student).

According to Maria, the bottom line is,

“TTRS has changed my life radically.”

Author: Eleanor May-Brenneker MA; PgDIP. SpLD; AMBDA. Lecturer, Researcher, Dyslexia/SpLD/ND Consultant, Therapist FE/HE and Adults (Hon. Member DABBGL)

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