Are you looking for some new resources for your aphasia therapy? Have you ever thought about checking out some of the available resources for teaching English as a second language?
English is the most popular second language in the World. The growth in English language learners around the world has naturally led to a wide variety of English as a Second Language (ESL) teaching resources.
ESL resources are often well-planned, designed and graded by level. Many ESL resources are free and can make great aphasia therapy tools. Afterall, there are certainly some parallels between learning English as a second language and re-learning aspects of a first or native language. Let’s take a look at some examples.
Think Karaoke but rather than simply singing the words, you have to type the missing word. This website has lots of popular music videos and as the music plays the lyrics appear with a missing word or words (depending on the game level) for you to fill in. This makes for a really fun and motivating activity for working on attention and auditory comprehension skills as well as writing.
Elllo has an English listening lesson library with available written transcripts. The flags indicate the nationality of the people talking in the audio-recordings/videos. It would be best to choose American or British for clients with aphasia unless they would benefit from the challenge of listening to accents less familiar to them. Note that the ESL levels (beginner, elementary, intermediate, upper intermediate, advanced) don’t neatly correspond to severity of aphasia so it’s best to familiarise yourself with some of the levels to find appropriate videos for your clients.
The One Minute videos are great (see Adam Food example) and they come with a list of questions. Adjust the difficulty level to meet your client’s needs. For example, if your client can only understand a few sentences at a time, pause the video at regular intervals e.g. after every 2-3 sentences and ask a question to check understanding.
Newsy features short news segment videos. The topics vary from business to entertainment, international to US news. One of the best things about Newsy is that each video is posted with a transcript of the news report, giving individuals with aphasia the choice of just listening, or listening and reading. It’s a great site for people with aphasia who need something a bit more challenging. The added bonus is that the site offers an app for iPhone, iPad & Android devices – perfect for home practice
The British Council website has lots of videos including the Starting Out range that are great tools for clients with aphasia who need to improve their auditory comprehension. Again for clients with more significant comprehension impairments, you can make the task easier by using the pause button after 1-2 sentences and then asking a question related to what that have just heard. Clients with a more mild to moderate aphasia would likely benefit from more advanced material such as the Britain is Great range.
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