Remedial teaching has been considered one of the major key elements to the success of the Twelve-Year Compulsory Education, as a result, many workshops regarding directly to this topic are expected to be held from now on. According to the Ministry of Education, every in-service teacher should get at least eight hour’s training on this issue in the following three years, for we are held responsible for the first degree remedial teaching right in the classroom. Today, we were honored to have two experienced speakers to share theories and teaching practices respectively in terms of remedial teaching.
First of all, we have to be able to understand why some students are so much falling behind and how we can identify those who really need remedial teaching. Competence, studying strategies and motivation are crucial to the learning effectiveness of students. If they decide to give up on themselves, he or she will go through mental struggles, such as rage, despair and apathy. Then, even if they want to learn later on, lack of learning strategies can also be in their way. Therefore, pinpointing those students and providing them extra resources to help them learn better is the whole idea of remedial teaching. With the help of online diagnostic tests like ASAP, not only can we know who needs help but what their learning problems are individually.
Following that, some principles, teaching techniques and online resources were recommended. In terms of English learning, those who have trouble with pronunciation, spelling, word recognition, phonics, etc, usually cannot learn English well. Teachers are advised to adopt a variety of teaching skills to cater for the needs with different learning styles. Authentic materials, like English songs, road signs, leaflets and son on, can arouse their interest of learning. Also, hands-on tasks can help create opportunities for students to apply what they learned. We can find that there are already abundant teaching resources online for us to incorporate in our classrooms, such as 教育部國民中小學補救教學資源平台, 高雄市攜手計畫英語文補救教材, 基隆市診斷式線上測驗, to name just a few.
Now, the MOE and some dedicated teachers are working on “the Basic Learning Materials”, served as a passing mark that all students have to master. Based on the drafts, they are made up of sixty six commonly used sentences, thirty five grammatical patterns, three hundred and forty words and phrases, phonics, etc, and teaching materials are also under way, with interesting illustrations, workbooks and so on. The MOE encourages all teachers to make learning interesting and get more students to succeed. Teaching students learning strategies is already proved effective in enhancing students’ academic performances.