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Language Education and Special Needs

Principles for Enhancing Language Teaching Accessibility

Michele Daloiso    Università degli Studi di Parma, Italia    



This paper outlines a possible methodological framework for teaching languages to special needs students. The paper is divided into three parts. The first section provides a definition of ‘language teaching accessibility’ and highlights the theoretical background that has led to this notion. Since it is impossible to achieve any kind of accessibility without knowing the student’s type of need, the second section introduces the notion of Functional Language Learning Profile, which is meant to be as an operational tool for the language teacher to get to know the student’s aptitude, learning style, linguistic background etc. in order to successfully design a personalized teaching plan for the special needs student. Finally, the third section discusses some teaching principles to achieve accessibility in the language classroom.

Nov. 1, 2012