This afternoon while at school signing some LPAC forms, Dmitry's ESL teacher (who teaches English as well; I mean, she's not just ESL) told me she was utterly flabbergasted today when he finally consented to read out loud in class.
He did brilliantly. No hesitation, very little stumbling, proper enunciation, emphasis on the correct syllable...she swears he read better than most of the native-born students.
It heightens the dichotomy between Dmitry's verbal ability and his writing ability, which is dismal. He can read like nobody's business; he can speak fluently; but when it comes to getting those sentences down on a sheet of paper or as pixels on a monitor?
When researching FAE, though, that was listed as one of them....a strong verbal ability combined with a seriously deficient ability in writing.
Oh, and she's finally acknowledged his difficulty in retaining knowledge, especially in math. I suppose having spent months trying to teach him the same thing and having him grasp it, only to lose it again, has convinced her. He is slowly improving, though.