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Special Educational Needs in ELT

Class at Faculty of Arts |

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Topics to be covered, an oficial syllabus tba

Introduction to SEN teaching, types of SEN, common problem areas

Ways of working to address SEN - differentiated teaching, collaborative work, assistive technology

Types of SEN – information, diagnostic methods, and practical teaching strategies (dyslexia, dysgraphia, dysorthographia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia)

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

Social, emotional, and behavioural difficulties (SEBD)

Autism spectrum condition (ASC)

Speech and language difficulties (SLD)

Gifted and talented students

Assessment of students with SEN

Material adaptation

Teaching students with SEN in line with Czech legislature


The aim of the seminar is to acquaint students with basic information about special educational needs (SEN), its causes, and current forms of supporting students with SEN in English-language lessons. The seminar will also define current approaches to educating students with SEN at an elementary, but mainly at a secondary school, along with possible options of developing students’ skills.

The seminar will introduce re-education methods and ways of compensating those special needs in English-language lessons (using various tools). In connection, main emphasis will be put on material adaptation. In the seminar, students will gain fundamental knowledge of SEN terminology, current methods applied in English lessons, and appropriate approaches and methods of re-educating students with SEN.

The course is designed as a training for practical inclusion of adapted materials as an answer to an often-neglected area of teaching English as a second language.

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