Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) to Learners with Learning Disabilities (LD)
English is the leading international language. In many countries, the knowledge of English is mandatory for academic success from the early grades. Success in learning English as a Foreign Language (EFL) seems to be closely connected to learner self-esteem and to the belief in oneself as a successful learner in the future.
Students with learning disabilities often have considerable difficulty mastering the various aspects of English language learning, namely, reading, vocabulary building, spelling, and written as well as oral expression. EFL teachers are often given the responsibility of including these learners in their classrooms successfully, and of helping them achieve grade-appropriate skills. In order to do so, it is necessary to understand what a learning disability is and why learning English can be so challenging. In addition, it is important to know how to approach the learner, and help him or her acquire the necessary skills for language learning success. The EFL teacher can play a vital role in helping the learner develop language skills both within the classroom setting as well as through intensive individual instruction.