Debra Buffington-Adams is a 20-year veteran in education. She has a BA in Teaching Spanish from Chicago State University and a MaEd in Curriculum and Instruction from Argosy University. Her research in linguistics has proved an asset to her teaching career. Teaching communication is her passion.
Ms. Buffington-Adams noticed that some of her students were responding zealously in Spanish class during the reading sessions, but were not able to read English paragraphs. She recognized it was the intense Spanish phonics drills that enabled the students to read Spanish well.
Foreign language is taught using many different strategies including music, art, drama, writing and games. Rote repetition of phonics and vocabulary is also essential for successful language learning. These practices are tried and proven. Ms. Buffington-Adams reasoned that if such best practices work successfully in a foreign language class, how much more will they enable native English speakers to overcome their struggles with English reading and language arts.