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  For more tips, resources and information on SEND or to organise a SEND training session for your setting (in-house /webinars), please contact me at: kate@speakmylanguage.uk



SEND101


Identifying Special Educational Needs and Disability: Our role as EFL teachers


It is NOT our job to:

X  Diagnose’ students with SEND       

X   Be specialist teachers

It IS our job to:

- Be aware of some signs of SEND
- Support students with basic strategies
- Seek further specific help as needed

 


Detective work: what to do if you suspect a student has a SEND:


- Monitor for consistency: 


- Observe them in their own language:


- Consider relevant linguistic/cultural factors:


- Adapt your teaching style and note any impact:


- Keep an eye out for common difficulties /behaviours:


- Speak to the student directly:




Common difficulties for students with a SEND

 

sadMEMORY: difficulties with short/long term and working memory

sadPROCESSING: slow and effortful processing of information

sadABSTRACT THINKING: difficulty with abstract concepts

sadATTENTION: difficulties focusing and concentrating

sadORGANISATION: poor self-organisation skills

         
               

Supporting students with SEND: Common underlying factors

 

Many students with SEND have:
 
  • sadAn underlying ‘processing’ deficit  -->   easily overwhlemed
  • sadLow self esteem -->  repeated failures in life
  •    Relative strengths  --> e.g. a good visual memory



Supporting students with SEND: ROAM

Support students with SEND uing these over-arching principles:
- Reduce processing load
Overlearning (recycling)
   
- Achievable tasks
- Multi-sensory teaching

       
                                  
Useful resources:

Inclusive Practice in Language Learning:
 https://incpill.com/


British council:

- case studies on a range of SEND
https://englishagenda.britishcouncil.org:

-CPD articles, webinars and tips on ‘Using inclusive practices’
https://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/