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"Philosophy of Education"

2014 year, number 3

Organization of the distance foreign language learning for the disabled students

E. V. Burtseva
Novosibirsk State Technical University, Pr. Karla Marksa, 20, Novosibirsk, Russia
Keywords: distance learning, students with disabilities, synchronous learning, asynchronous learning, electronic materials


The problems of inclusive education are considered in the article. In the process of learning the Chinese language, as a rule, there arise the the problems of an individual nature associated with the perception and reproduction of hieroglyphic material. The process of perception and reproduction of the unusual forms of hieroglyphic signs takes place slowly for many students. The ways of solving some of the problems the author reveals in the implemention of distance education for students with disabilities. The author defines the concept of «inclusive education», which best corresponds to the Chinese language learning process for students with disabilities: it is a flexible system that meets the needs of all children, not only with the development problems. The learning system adapts to the student, not the student, to the system. The opinions of the experts in social rehabilitation on teaching the disabled students by the distance learning method are controversial. The article presents some points of view on this issue. One of the trends in foreign language teaching is to create electronic materials for distance learning, electronic textbooks. The paper presents the results of joint work of the Chinese language teachers of the Chair of International Relations and Regional Studies and teachers from China of the Confucius Institute, connected with creating training materials of the Chinese language distance learning in the framework of the strategic development of the NSTU. The usage of a distance learning textbook is seen as an effective opportunity to organize foreign language teaching in the modern virtual communication environment between the teacher and students with disabilities in higher education, within which the combination of synchronous and asynchronous learning is used. The method of combining synchronous and asynchronous learning, realized by means of computer telecommunications, includes such forms of study of foreign language as chat-classes, web-classes, and online classes in the Skype program. Thus, for teaching students with disabilities, there is required the technical equipment in the university, the information and didactic support, the availability of qualified teachers, a technique that requires serious theoretical study, experimental verification and technical support. The process of implementation of distance education system is long and difficult, but the prospect of creation and implementation of the foreign language distance education can open up new opportunities for the students with disabilities to learn a foreign language, and in particular, Chinese.