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Symbol Mastery for Multi-Lingual Students and Second Language Acquisition



Dyslex ic Read er Vol. 27


Davis Dyslexia Association International

Issue 2 2002

Symbol Mastery for Multi-Lingual Students and Second Language Acquisitionclassic Parisian French and visits Quebec becomes instantly aware of the difference in the same language. Many people who speak Spanish can quickly tell what country a fellow-Spanish speaker comes from because of accents, idioms and slang. These vary between Cuba, Puerto Rico, Mexico, and the other Latin American countries, and are easily distinguishable from the Spanish spoken in Spain. In the United States, we can differentiate someone from Texas, Boston, and New York by their accent or grammar. Brazilian Portuguese is both written and spoken differently from the Portuguese in Portugal. South Africans, in addition to all the tribal languages in their environment, must learn both Afrikaans and English.continued on page 4

by Alice E. Davis

Once upon a time, before Ron Davis wrote a book called The Gift of Dyslexia, we only knew how to provide dyslexia correction with English-speakers. Today, with the book available in twelve languages and Davis Facilitators on every continent except Antarctica, this is no longer the case. It is remarkable to know that the principles of Davis Symbol Mastery can be applied in any language to help dyslexic learners. Over the last five years, we have accumulated various tips from our colleagues around the world who have done Davis programs with clients who must learn to read two or more languages. Language acquisition is a fascinating field. It touches on many areas of our lives including cognitive development, cultural identity, and education.

Recently I consulted with two wonderful women who have studied Second Language Acquisition extensively. They are Maria Seranno who teaches Second Language Acquisition at the University of Arizona, and Helen Brittle Matsuki who teaches English as a second language in Tokyo, Japan. Both women are world travelers and speak two or more languages. Both feel that Davis Symbol Mastery is a very useful tool for not only addressing dyslexia but also mastering a second language. Here is some of what we have learned from them and the many Davis Facilitators world wide who provide Davis Programs in multiple languages. In some countries such as Germany and Switzerland, children must learn High German in school to pass their exams, while speaking a German dialect at home and in their community. Anyone who has studied

In This IssueNews & Feature Articles:Symbol Mastery for Multi-Lingual Students . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Dreams Really Do Come True . . . . . . . .3 Davis Symbol Mastery Procedure for Words . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Symbol Master Q&A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5

Regular Features:Viewpoints on Motivation . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Q & A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Book & Product Reviews . . . . . . . . . . .7 Workshops . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10, 11 New Facilitators & Specialists . . . . .12-13 Davis Providers (U.S. & Canada) . .14-15



1. Help me to focus - Please teach me through my sense of touch. I need "hands on" and body movement. 2. I need to know what comes next Please give me a structured environment where there is a dependable routine. 3. Wait for me, Im still thinking Please allow me to go at my own pace. If I am rushed, I get confused and upset. 4. Im stuck, I cant do it! - Please offer me options for problem solving. If the road is blocked, I need to know the detours. 5. Is it right? I need to know now Please give me rich and immediate feedback on how I am doing. 6. I didnt forget, I didnt hear it in the firt place! - Please give me directions one step at a time, and ask me to say back what I think you said.

7. I didnt know I wasnt in my seat! - Please remind me to stop, think, and act. 8. Am I almost done? - Please give me short work periods with short term goals. 9. What? - Please don't say, "I already told you that." Tell me again, in different words. Give me a signal. Draw me a symbol. 10. I know its all wrong isnt it? Please give me praise for partial success. Reward me for selfimprovement, not just for perfection. 11. But why do I always get yelled at? - Please catch me doing something right and praise me for the specific positive behavior. Remind me about my good points when I am having a bad day. submitted by Judy Cohen,

Restoring Motivationby Alice. J. Pratt, Facilitator, Jacksonville, Florida

Cartoonist, John Baumann, is a 16 year old high school student who recently completed the Davis Program at Reading Research Council in California.

Because the Davis methods are based on utilizing the imagination and creating word concepts with clay, it encourages dyslexics to value their natural picture learning style. At the core of motivation is a persons will or intention. When a persons will is engaged in a creative endeavor, the heart is involved and motivation is free flowing. We have all seen this in ourselves when we do something we love. We see this in children when they are playing earnestly. The Davis Orientation procedures use a persons imagination and perceptual talent to take control of perceptions when dealing with symbolic language. The Symbol Mastery procedure is a rich language process utilizing the hands and critical thinking to create models for the meanings of words. This creative process connects and taps the emotional and motivational systems of the dyslexic learner. As a parent and/or support person, it is important to realize that motivation is restored gradually and needs time to emerge. The dyslexic person may need to stop trying to meet the developmental time table of word thinking people. They need time, respect, and freedom to practice and control using their newly acquired skills, and thus restore their belief in the validity of their natural learning style.

The Dyslexic Reader is published quarterly by Davis Dyslexia Association International (DDAI), 1601 Bayshore Hwy., Suite 245, Burlingame, CA 94010 USA +1(650) 692-7141. OUR GOALS are to increase worldwide awareness about the positive aspects of dyslexia and related learning styles; and to present methods for improving literacy, education and academic success. We believe that all peoples abilities and talents should be recognized and valued, and that learning problems can be corrected. EDITORIAL BOARD: Alice Davis, Abigail Marshall, Michele Plevin, Maria Fagioli and Dee White. DESIGN: Julia Gaskill. SUBSCRIPTIONS: one year $25 in US, add $5 in Canada; add $10 elsewhere. BACK ISSUES: send $8.00 to DDAI. SUBMISSIONS AND LETTERS: We welcome letters, comments and articles. Mail to DDAI at the above address. VIA FAX: +1(650) 692-7075 VIA E-MAIL: INTERNET: The opinions and views expressed in articles and letters are not necessarily those of DDAI. Davis Dyslexia Correction, Davis Symbol Mastery, Davis Orientation Counseling, and Davis Learning Strategies are registered trademarks of Ronald D. Davis. Copyright 1999 by DDAI, unless otherwise noted. All rights reserved.



Dreams Really Do Come TrueFor all of us who have had the privilege of using the Davis Dyslexia Correction Program to help individuals worldwide, we know that dreams really do come true as learning barriers are removed. Ron Davis often begins his workshops by stating that he is a lucky manbecause he has a dream and that dream is coming true. But what about Davis Facilitators? Do they have dreams come true? Picture this The mom and dad with the dyslexic child who 20 years ago was not learning to read; the teacher who works with children who recognize letters, words or concepts one day, but seems to forget them the next; the learning center director who is trying to unlock a childs learning potential, yet for some reason just cant find the right key; and the person who cares deeply about others and has a dream. Now picture the dream coming trueOn September 27, 2001 at 7:00 pm at the Creekside Community Center in Bloomington, Minnesota, Cyndi Deneson (Davis Facilitator, Specialist, Workshop Presenter), and her husband, Paul, co-director of New Hope Learning Centers, Inc. realized a dream come true. Cyndi, who is the mom, the teacher, the director, and the dreamer welcomed approximately 100 people from the Twin Cities and surrounding area to hear Ron Davis publicly share his story and touch the hearts of the community. Ron and Alice Davis joined Cyndi, Paul and their staff for an evening of public lecture, questions and answers, and personal greetings as New Hope Learning Centers commenced the Grand Opening Celebration of their Minnesota office. Among the guests were many who have benefited over the years from the work of Ron Davis, Cyndi Deneson and New Hope Learning Centers. They were excited to welcome many former clients, parents, teachers, mental health professionals, psychologists, and physicians from the surrounding community. The excitement didnt end there. For those of you who know Cyndi,

Top Photo: Ribbon Cutting with Mayor Gene Winstead of Bloomington, Minnesota. Bottom Photo: Left to right: Darlene Bishop, Linda Johannes, Paul Deneson, Cyndi Deneson, Margie Hayes, Ron Davis, Alice Davis, Pam Kretz.

you realize that she believes if youre going to dream, then dream big and go for it! On Saturday, September 29, 2001, New Hope Learning Centers continued their outreach to the community with a Fall Family Fun Festival. The Festival began under a glorious white tent with a ribbon cutting ceremony by Mayor Gene Winstead of Bloomington, Minnesota and representatives from the Bloomington-Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce. The su