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How to make MFL accessible to Pupils with Special Educational Needs

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* The event originally scheduled for 1st July 2022 in London has been postponed.  We will contact all delegates in the coming days with the revised date which will now take place in the new academic year.  Thanks for your understanding and patience.

This course will enable teachers and assistants to make learning a new language a successful and enjoyable experience for pupils who have special educational needs, but who do not have severe learning difficulties. It is based on teaching techniques that have been recognised by Her Majesty’s Inspectors as successful in special as well as in mainstream schools, and that were trialed in inner-city classrooms during the course leader’s tenure as consultant for a Learning Trust in the East End of London. These techniques have been embedded in the new National Curriculum for Languages, to which the course will provide an introduction. Course materials will draw on French, Spanish and German.

Aims of the course

Identifying and overcoming the range of stumbling blocks in the thinking of pupils with special needs

• Resources that enable us to present the language in an attractive and accessible way

• Schemes of Work that ensure full understanding, clear progression and a feeling of success for pupils

• Assessment that provides clear evidence of progress without excessive paperwork for the teacher

• Lesson planning to provide additional reinforcement and support for points of difficulty

• Training for Assistants and Support Staff.





Arrival, registration and coffee


Restaurant Lunch


The range of SEN and their implications for language teaching. To include dyslexia, dyspraxia, visual stress, the autistic spectrum and moderate general learning difficulties.

Practical teaching approaches. Schemes of work for the early stages, including planning supplementary work for pupils withdrawn or “disapplied” from regular language lessons. Using Clicker 6 to build literacy skills alongside language learning. ICT resources, including individual learning resources.



What teachers and assistants need to know about the new

National Curriculum and providing support. Anticipating likely problems and planning to deal with them, rather than reacting to them when they arise.

Using and enjoying children’s literature in the new language.

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verde. Using language learning to help pupils with weak literacy skills. Practical approaches to reading, handwriting and spelling 




Evaluation and close of course



Curriculum, Monitoring and Assessment.

• Making the new National Curriculum work for your pupils

• Giving pupils personal satisfaction and celebrating achievement.

• Assessing and tracking progress as an integral part of pupils’ work

• Language learning in the context of the whole school, with examples from Liverpool.



John B

John has over 40 years’ experience as a teacher, trainer and inspector in the field of languages and special educational needs, including seven as a languages consultant for a deprived London Borough, the fastest-improving local authority in the country.  He has contributed training seminars on languages and special needs on behalf of the French and Spanish Embassies, and is a member of a new advisory group on teaching methods being formed at the DfE.  John has made a series of presentations at national conferences over recent years, including The Wellington College/Sunday Times Festival of Education, the Association for Language Learning Conference, Teach First and The Languages Show.  He helped write the new National Curriculum for Languages.  John offers free follow-up support to attendees of this course via email.

Suitable for: 
Preparatory/Primary, Senior/Secondary, Special Schools, Post 16/FE Colleges
Scheduled Events, In-school Training

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