It’s quite scary learning a foreign language. Communication is a big part of who we are, and being able to express ourselves “correctly” is seen as a sign of maturity and intelligence by many people and in many places. It’s so easy to feel foolish when we make mistakes or frustrated when we can’t say what we want to get across.
This is why it’s extra important to make out students feel confident, especially if as in my case they are teens, and even more importantly if they have SEND (Special Educational Needs or Disabilities).
There are plenty of things you can do to help students feel good about themselves and I’ll be talking about it more in the run up to the IP&SEN Pre-Conference day on 3rd April 2017 at IATEFL Glasgow. In the meantime you can check out my blog post for the IATEFL Young Learners&Teens SIG here.
One thing that I plan on starting in the New Year is #3bestbits – simply I will ask my students to share the 3 best parts of their day, or things that they are grateful for, everyday on twitter, instagram, FB, or in their homework diary, whatever works best for them.