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As a student with an LD, my biggest fear in high school was raising my hand in class, and not knowing the answer. But now, especially when I meet with my PAL advisor, I have more confidence and I feel like I'm more prepared to participate in class.


Brandon Traina '11
Major: Criminal Justice




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PAL for Multilingual Students

Curry College and the Program for Advancement of Learning (PAL) are internationally known for their success in supporting college students with learning disabilities (LD), attention deficits (AD/HD), and Executive Function (EF) disorders. In keeping with Curry's focus on individualized education, PAL for Multilingual Students is a highly successful program designed to identify and serve the following:

  • International students whose TOEFL scores may be an inaccurate representation of their ability because of a specific learning disability
  • U.S. residents and citizens who are non-native speakers of English or who have significant bilingual/bicultural backgrounds in addition to a specific learning disability
  • English language learners (ELL) with learning disablities (LD), attention deficits (AD/HD), and/or Executive Function (EF) disorders.

PAL for Multilingual Students, allows students to pursue the traditional curriculum at Curry. Students participate as full members of the student body. In addition, PAL for Multilingual Students provides focused support in advising, and in academic and social areas to help students make a successful transition into college life.

With almost forty years of experience working with LD students and a century-old commitment to personalized education, Curry College offers the support and expertise necessary for international students and multilingual students to achieve on the college level.

Special Services

PAL for Multilingual Students Mentor/Instructor
Student progress is carefully monitored by the Program Coordinator who serves as a mentor for all participants. The Coordinator either works directly as a student's PAL professor or works closely with each student's PAL professor who may be another PAL faculty member carefully chosen for this role.

Academic Advising
The Program Coordinator serves as academic advisor or co-advisor to develop an individual curriculum plan for each student.

Faculty Liaison
The Program serves as a communication link with faculty for academic and cultural concerns.

Peer Support Group
Students from a variety of cultural backgrounds provide support and friendship as well as assistance in cultural transitions.

Personalized Orientation
Specialized information for international students is an important part of PAL for Multilingual Students.

Individually Designed Curriculum Plan
Curry College offers a variety of courses to help students develop academic skills while pursuing their college degree. Among these offerings are:

  • American Culture and Language courses
  • Developmental Reading, Writing, and Academic Skills Classes
  • Individual tutoring through the Academic Enrichment Center

Admission Requirements

In addition to the regular admissions requirements of transcripts, essay and recommendations, the following are requirements specific to PAL for Multilingual Students:

  • TOEFL (for international students only)
  • LD Documentation (translated)
  • Psychoeducational Evaluation including scores of WAIS III or WAIS IV
  • Educational History
  • Achievement Testing
  • Personal Interview (highly recommended) - in person, by phone, by Skype, or email

For more information contact:

Dr. Lynn Abrahams
Interim Coordinator PAL for Multilingual Students (PML)
(617) 333-2312 or 2250
FAX: (617) 333-2018
E-Mail: labraham@curry.edu

Note: PML Coordinator, Dr. Pat mytkowicz, is on sabbatical in spring 2013. Dr. Abrahams will address all PML matters during this time.

E-Mail your comments and questions about the PAL program to: pal@curry.edu

 
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Apply today to be a part of a structured support program providing assistance to bright, college-able students with specific learning disabilities and/or AD/HD.

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Students, alumni and faculty share success stories and discuss the advantages of the PAL program at Curry College.

Meet Brandon Traina '11

Criminal Justice major Brandon Traina one day hopes to become a part of one of the most prestigious law enforcement organizations in the world, the NYPD.

Meet Katie Russell '11

A Psychology and Criminal Justice double-major, Katie Russell decided in her junior year to take a semester at sea, a whirlwind academic boat trip which took her to 14 different countries.

Meet Danielle Hausner '12

"The PAL program has allowed me to be much more involved in school. The faculty and staff point out my strengths so now I know where I'm able to channel what I'm good at. I honestly had no idea of my potential before PAL."

Meet Holden Kepecs '85

Holden Kepecs '85 is an Emmy, Cable Ace and Grand Gracie Award-winning video editor, but throughout his life, he's had to work harder than most to get to where he is today.

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