In the past two years in which I’ve been on “blogosphere” and “twitterverse”, I’ve searched continually for mentions of special needs students in ELT.
I’ve found precious few mentions.
And it doesn’t make sense. They are out there. Why isn’t attention being paid to them?
Well, iTDi has stepped up and pointed a spotlight into the farthest corners of this void. Six writers from all over the world approach the issue from different aspects.
I’m a Special Ed teacher. I knew this issue would come out as I was asked to write one of the pieces. Yet I didn’t have a clue that I would be both surprised and moved by the other posts. I sincerely hope that teachers who read these posts will express an interest in special needs students, so that more relevant information will become readily available to them.
I sincerely hope that many other lamps will be lit to strengthen the spotlight iTDi has aimed at the void, and that the topic of special needs learners will become part of every teacher’s toolkit.
You can find the Special Needs Issue at the iTDI Blog here.