Gunma JALT:

Managing Special Needs Students in the EFL Classroom

Date: Sunday, May 19th, 2019 Time: 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Speaker: Jennifer Yphantides (Soka University)

Although it appears as if there has been an increase in students with mental disorders such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHS) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), the higher numbers are in fact due to more recognition and better diagnostic tools (Rogers & Dawson, 2010; Silberman, 2015). Numerous teachers, including in the EFL context in Japan, now have special needs students with formal diagnoses in their classrooms but are not adequately trained to respond to their special needs (Mian & Yap, 2017). The purpose of this presentation/workshop is threefold. The first is to provide teachers with a clear, brief explanation of the neurological basis of these disorders and how language learning is affected. The second is to help teachers notice the students who do not have or want to disclose a formal diagnosis. The third is to provide teachers with practical, concrete solutions for a variety of problems faced by these students in the EFL classroom. The solutions come from people with ADHD and ASD themselves and have been tried and tested by the presenter.

Organization: Gunma Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (Gunma JALT)

Cost: JALT Members: free
Non-members: 1,000

Venue: Maebashi Kyoai Gakuen University

Location: Maebashi City, Gunma Prefecture, Japan


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