Having asked all the questions to professionals of the mind in numerous Emotional Literacy training courses, as an ESL teacher in Adult Education I would now like to share with my colleagues this very wise statement that was made by one of them at one point:
As teachers we can be great «mediators» when it comes to students with special educational needs [SEN]
As it happens, we were not taught how to deal with diversity and inclusion when we were first getting trained at college. We learnt about functional language, phonetics, poetry and literature, history and culture, and so on and so forth. However, once we are actually IN the classroom we teachers can find ourselves rather lost when other than «the subject» itself needs to be dealt with. What is interesting is that although we are not specialists we can certainly be mediators. So in this SEN field that is new to us the best thing we can do may be to show an open and respectful attitude to the person we have in front of us and do some basic research to find out how to help these students in their learning processes.
I am sharing today this link to Cambridge Assessment Special requirements which I found extremely useful when I was searching for some guidance for English language teachers on how to address my students with hearing difficulties. We can help people who need special arrangements due to SpLD.
To be continued…