It is very important to identify what the students should know, understand or are able to do, what are their interests, and what have they previously learned. An effective teacher should lead his/her students to learn, providing a variety of methods and techniques that invite children to get involved and engaged with learning experiences, likewise teachers should apply different levels of instructions on the same skill, considering that real learning occurs when the task difficulty and skill level are slightly above the student level. This method is well known as “differentiation”, the same concept but different in complexity. It allows the teacher to teach the students as a unique individual, and giving them the possibility of adapting the pace of learning to meet individual learning needs. In order for the method to be successful, the teacher must rely on:


  • Classroom management
  • Planning and preparing the lessons ahead
  • Pre-assess and assess the students
  • Organization of a well-balances group


Regarding organization of a well-balanced group to the leas mentioned item, it is important to highlight that slow learners will always have extra support from the teacher, giving them the possibility for immediate re-teaching when needed. A well-advised teacher is thoughtful about the emotional growth of his/her students and should work this procedure in a discrete manner to make the differences unnoticeable. A clever strategy is to apply cooperative learning, adding one or two students with a higher average student to monitor, encourage, and improve the group performance.


Research shows that mostly every student with English learning difficulties lack the basic training in phonological processing. If we recognize the weaknesses, we will know what we should reinforce. Let’s make the learning experience meaningful, let’s expose our students to both spoken and written English. A nice environment filled up with vocabulary, pictures and words that bring them into context, will assure a long-term knowledge.




Teaching English as a second language is a possible task if the students count with the appropriate motivation, tools and methodology to reach the expectations of acquiring the fluency in the four basic language skills: Listening, speaking, reading and writing.

We are inviting parents to build reading and writing into every day activities. Some ideas to put into practice are watching English movies, T.V series, or create a “Pictionary” together. School, parents and teachers involved in a positive learning environment, help students build their own path to succeed, and will have better chances in a multicultural society, where the importance of speaking English is basically a requirement in any field or job they would like to accomplish.


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