Special Needs & Inclusive Learning 2020

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Almost every government in the world have adopted positive policies in inclusion and our schools and classes are all made up of learners from diverse communities and backgrounds with a wide range of individual learning needs. Amongst these needs, primarily,
are learners who may be identified as having ‘special educational needs’, typically including dyslexia, asperger’s syndrome, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), dyscalculia and dyspraxia. Accommodating these learners and helping them fulfil their potential is a main challenge facing schools and teachers today. There are a range of general courses available for supporting teachers working with learners with special educational needs but this course (while it will reference general learning support for special educational needs) is focussed specifically on the implications of teaching languages, English language and for teachers who teach through the medium of English working with learners identified as having special educational needs.

Language learning is based on understanding that good communication is vital for successful learning and communication skills helping children to understand and explain the world around them, share their ideas and feelings and make friends. Good language skills enable a child to reason and learn. They also help to develop a sense of self and the feeling of belonging to a group or community. It is understandable that as language learning is based so much on communication and interaction this can be a significant challenge for many learners. These may be learners identified as having special educational needs, not identified but still demonstrating challenges associated with special educational needs or may be learners who have different sorts of challenges such as having a different first or home language to their classroom peers. The agenda today is how we can move on from a focus on ‘special needs’ to one of inclusive practices. in supporting all learners in achieving to the best of their possibilities.

This course is, therefore, focused on supporting a learner or learners with all their communication and language needs through a variety of strategies helping them to get the most out of learning. By understanding the different kinds of needs and knowing some useful teaching strategies we can really make a difference for our learners and help them to experience enjoyable and successful language learning. This course, though it primarily focused on the methodology of inclusion will also support teachers in developing their own language skills.

This course will explore ways of implementing an anticipatory and proactive approach to creating a classroom culture that recognises and celebrates difference and inclusion. Through examples and activities it will introduce ways of identifying students with specific language learning needs and strategies to help them learn. Together we will explore methods to promote inclusive learning and embrace these differences in the classroom. It will become apparent that adapting our teaching style and materials to accommodate diversity can usually benefit all learners. Focusing on individuals’ different areas of strength can lead to an enhanced learning experience for everybody. The aim is to create a class where the students feel part of a mutually supportive and inclusive TEAM because….. Together Everyone Achieves More! This course also provides a large amount of English practice throughout.

Programme of the training activities

What is inclusive learning and why is it important?

What does mean for language learning

How can we define specific learning difficulties?

Understanding an integrating a top ten approaches to inclusive teaching and learning framework

How can we support learners with language, speech and communication needs
Identifying and working with dyslexic

Understanding SEBD’s and ADHD and strategies for learning

Developing rapport and effective language communication for inclusive learning

Recognising and working with different learning preferences

Understanding Asperger syndrome and strategies for learning

Ways of working with the gifted and talented learners

Dyspraxia and dyscalculia awareness and useful strategies for learning

New innovative approaches to differentiation

Classroom activities that promote inclusive learning for language learning

Whole school approaches and working supportively with parents

Course organiser
Canterbury, United Kingdom

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Upcoming sessions

02.08.2020 > 08.08.2020 (ID: 138431)
Register before 27.07.2020