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SEND training for educational institutions

Further information and resources

  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


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:

British council:

- case studies on a range of SEND

-CPD articles, webinars and tips on ‘Using inclusive practices’