DRAMA AND SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS IN THE ELT CLASSROOM - IN SEARCH FOR INCLUSIVENESS

A. Galazka

University of Silesia (POLAND)
Special Educational Needs (SEN) is a legal term. It describes the needs of a child who has a difficulty or disability which makes learning harder for them than for other children their age . SEN covers a broad spectrum of difficulty or disability. Children may have wide-ranging or specific problems. Many children will have special needs of some kind at some time during their education time. Children make progress at different rates and have different ways in which they learn best. Teachers must take account of this in the way they organize and prepare their lessons. Students making slower progress or having particular difficulties in one area may be given extra help or different instructions to help them succeed. Such students are often diagnosed as those with learning disabilities (LD). LD is more than a “difference” or “difficulty” with learning—it’s a neurological disorder that affects the brain’s ability to receive process, store and respond to information. LD will vary in how it impacts each individual child, adolescent and adult. Their brains process information differently and don’t always use brain chemicals effectively. These brain differences make it harder to create or strengthen some neural pathways. Therefore, alternative ways to teach them and instruct must be employed to help neurons build new pathways and make learning a second language possible. The presentation will help to understand what learning difficulties are and how to work with students having different problems during English lesson using different drama techniques. The findings of the undertaken project will be presented.