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Teaching Learners with Special Educational Needs

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Teaching Learners with Special Educational Needs is a course designed to help teachers develop their understanding of special educational needs, and enhance the knowledge and skills necessary to create an inclusive learning environment.

Teaching Learners with Special Educational Needs is a course designed to help teachers develop their understanding of special educational needs, and enhance the knowledge and skills necessary to create an inclusive learning environment. Teachers are supported throughout the course, enabling them to adapt materials, set targets for learners, and create an inclusive learning environment through a fuller understanding of the types of SEN and the impact they have on learning.

This six module course balances theory and methodology, with topics ranging from planning and collaboration to inclusive assessment. The course takes approximately 30 hours to complete, and couples engaging content with opportunities for reflection and discussion with teachers around the world.

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Key features

  • Develops understanding of the characteristics of different types of special educational needs
  • Demonstrates ways to select and adapt materials to support students
  • Enables teachers to evaluate and adapt materials for learners with special educational needs
  • Provides practical approaches to collaborating with parents and carers
  • Supports teachers in implementing inclusive assessment

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Oxford Teachers’ Academy courses are suitable for teachers with an initial qualification and some teaching experience. Typically they provide 30 hours of core material spread over 6 sessions, with suggestions for further reading and interesting websites, videos, and blogs for each topic.

Participants have 12 months to access the course content on their computers anytime, anywhere with access to the internet. That means they can fit their study around teaching commitments, at a pace to suit their own learning style. Session aims and topics have been mapped onto the EAQUALS Framework of Language Teacher Training and Development.

The structure of the session specifically facilitates self-study and helps all participants stay engaged through a media-rich, interactive learning experience, encouraging reflection, and providing suggestions of possible answers and solutions. Participants can also contribute to and create discussions and chat with other teachers taking the same course.

The courses are full of innovative ideas, approaches and theories. They offer plenty of food for thought, including chapters from Professional Development and Applied Linguistics books, video interviews with experts, and links to academic journals. To fully benefit from this rich resource, we recommend English proficiency level of at least B2 on the CEFR.

Completion of Oxford Teachers’ Academy courses is certified by Oxford University Department for Continuing Education. In order to receive a Certificate of Completion, course participants must submit an Evidence of Learning Journal on completion of the course. The Evidence of Learning Journal will be evaluated against the Evaluation criteria. If all criteria are met, participants will receive an electronic Certificate of Completion within six weeks of submitting the Evidence of Learning Journal.

Session Topics

Session 1: Understanding Special Educational Needs
  • To explore the meaning of special educational needs (SEN)
  • To examine the impact of SEN on learning
  • To become aware of the barriers to language learning for students with SEN
  • To reflect on the role of the teacher working with students with SEN
Session 2: Creating an Inclusive Learning Environment
  • To understand and evaluate the inclusive learning environment
  • To explore some key approaches to accommodating the needs of learners with SEN
  • To review the way assistive technology can help learners with SEN
Session 3: Planning and Collaboration
  • To reflect on the importance of planning, provision, and collaboration
  • To explore approaches to planning and provision for students with SEN
  • To review ways of collaborating with parents/carers
  • To consider the use of peer mentoring, peer education, and teaching assistants
Session 4: Types of SEN
  • To understand the characteristics of different types of special educational needs
  • To explore the impact of each type of SEN on learning
  • To investigate practical ways of supporting and motivating learners with different types of SEN
Session 5: Inclusive Assessment
  • To find out about the challenges of formative assessment for students with SEN
  • To consider how the needs of students with SEN can be accommodated in summative assessment for students with SEN, including assistive technology
  • To investigate ways of setting targets and giving effective feedback
  • To learn how to evaluate and adapt coursebook tests to make them more suitable for students with SEN
Session 6: Adapting Materials for Students with SEN
  • To learn how to evaluate the effectiveness of teaching materials for students with SEN
  • To explore different ways of adapting teaching materials to make them more suitable for students with SEN
  • To develop skills in adapting teaching strategies for students with SEN

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