How can teachers face learners with Special Educational Needs? Myths and truths

How can teachers face learners with Special Educational Needs? Myths and truths

Many teachers around the world are studying how to deal with children with Special Educational Needs (SENs) in their classrooms, as it is a controversial subject that affects parents and educators. It is very difficult to know what the best conducts are for a child to achieve a proper knowledge.

In this article we are going to see and refute some myths and mistaken beliefs about the way of teaching special children.

Special Educational Needs

Five principal myths

  1. You have to be a psychologist or a special trained teacher to deal with SENs children.

You do not need to be a specialist. It is true it would help you, but it is not crucial. These pupils will need clear and constant instructions as well as hearing rewarding information for a sense of achievement in each activity they overcome. This is what teachers do without being specialists about SENs.

  1. The rest of the children will learn less because of having a SENs pupil in the classroom.

This is an educator’s work, too. They have to teach children that they could have in certain situations, a student who needs not only some extra help with educational activities, but also the feeling of being accepted and integrated in the class. This will enhance their learning experience as a group.

  1. Children with SENs cannot learn foreign languages.

This point does not have to be real. In the process of learning the English language there are numerous activities to strengthen the skills such as listening, tasks for working in groups, understanding social language, expose an opinion, or reading comprehension. All of these exercises are helpful for the children’s learning as they are done in a fun and non-aggressive way.

  1. Having SENs children in classroom takes a lot of extra time of preparation.

Completely false. It only takes time the process of thinking about different learning styles, or the interests of the pupils, among others.  The teacher just has to be conscious of the way of teaching he needs to put in practice, and then look how children improve their abilities in the English language.

  1. There is nothing a teacher can ‘repair’ with a SENs child.

Actually the pupil has nothing to fix. And the educator does not need to repair anything, because it is not a problem but only a difficulty for learning. In fact, teachers can learn a lot of things from this kind of learners, as well as other students. The schools, in addition, have to adapt the facilities for them to encourage the child’s inclusion.


All in all, teaching English to a Special Educational Needs child is in fact a challenge for the teacher and other educators; they have to pay attention to this student’s needs and aptitudes, and prepare a class according to it. Just be confident and assure you have the essential means to achieve a proper knowledge in every child.

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