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Part 25: College for Learning Disabled - 2001-09-10


We continue now with our series for foreign students who want to study in the United States. We tell about an American college for students with learning problems. ANNCR:

It is Landmark College in the northeastern state of Vermont. It was started in Nineteen-Eighty-Four by an expert in educating people who suffer learning disabilities.

People with learning disabilities usually cannot think about just one thing for any period of time. Nor can they sit without moving for more than a few minutes. These and other problems interfere with their learning in school. It is difficult for them to complete their educations. Many experts believe that learning disabilities are caused by chemical problems in the brain. Whatever the cause, officials at Landmark College say they can help.

Landmark College prepares students to continue their educations successfully at other colleges. Officials say ninety percent of the students do go on to other schools after they finish at Landmark. Students may study at Landmark for one, two or three years. Or they can take summer classes only.

The teaching at Landmark is different from teaching at other colleges. Teachers use methods that are best for the students. For example, they may divide a large task into many small ones. Students learn each one, then put them together as a whole.

Classes at Landmark are small. Most classes have about seven students, but some have as few as three. The college develops an education plan for each student. And each student has one special teacher who helps him or her study.

This individual supervision is costly. A student pays more than thirty-six-thousand dollars a year. The college does offer financial aid to all its students.

Three-hundred-fifty-five students attend Landmark College. Students from thirteen foreign countries are among them. The college also offers its foreign students special help with their classwork and with any other problems they may have.

You can get more information about Landmark College by using a computer. The address is w-w-w dot l-a-n-d-m-a-r-k-c-o-l-l-e-g-e dot o-r-g. Or write to the Admissions Office, Landmark College, River Road, Putney, Vermont, zero-five-three-four-six, U-S-A.