Remedial Teaching is considered one of the prerequisites for the Twelve-Year Compulsory Education, requiring every in-service teacher to get related training by the Ministry of Education. The main idea is to ensure that no child is left behind while the quality of education can still be maintained at the same time. To achieve this goal, every teacher has to acquire the knowledge and skills with regard to identifying the characteristics of low achievers and developing teaching strategies accordingly.
According to studies, lower achievers go through three mental stages, Rage, Despair and Apathy, after constantly failing to meet the standards set by their teachers for a long period of time. Commonly shared features include poor memory, short attention span, lack of learning motivation and self-confidence, to name just a few. Remedial Teaching can be categorized into three levels, and all teachers are held responsible for the first level so that each of us should master individual learner differences and assessment for learning. Slow English learners usually encounter problems like unable to pronounce, spell and comprehend the English language.
So, what exactly can we English teachers do to help? First of all, we can get our students to master the Basic Learning Content stipulated by the MOE, which emphasizes commonly used vocabulary and grammatical patterns that they can use in real-world situations. Also, phonics, which can show the relationship between pronunciation and spelling, should be taught specifically to those students. Next, students should be given opportunities to succeed, so we don’t want to overwhelm them with too many difficult paper-pencil tests. Following that, effective English learning strategies, such as taking notes, highlighting the gist, TPR and so on, can also benefit those students.Last but not least, many local online resources are just out there, such as http://asap.moe.gov.tw/ and https://sites.google.com/site/ntctenglish/remedial-teaching-material. Also, you can tap into renowned websites like Starfall, SpellingCity and LearnEnglishKids.