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Language Therapy Space

Teaching English as a Foreign Language to the Visually Impaired


Beata Wyszyńska

Language can be seen as a therapeutic tool to the visually impaired. The author explores the psycho-linguistic therapy «Touching the World» which is rooted within two areas. The mental one pivots on emotional openness and balance, gained through the sandtray therapy, controlled breathing practice, the Brain Linkage Method, and the edu-kinaesthetic area. The linguistic layer offers a two-pathed differentiation. Lexical and grammar fields are taught through the Re-charged Direct Method, enriched with sand and water experiments, based on tactile-audible perception. The author’s suggestions to explore language as a therapy tool show how deeply the possibilities and discoveries are hidden in a language teaching-learning process.

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Beata Wyszyńska is an Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics affiliated with the Institute of English at the University of Social Sciences in Warsaw (Poland). She was awarded the European Language Label for her project: Language as a therapeutic tool. The psycho-linguistic therapy “Touching the World”. Her current interests cover ELT methodology, psycholinguistics and tyflology.

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