This course will support you in the inclusive classroom by helping you to understand the main specific learning differences you are likely to see in your classes. It will equip you with a toolbox of activities, resources and techniques that can help break down barriers to learning a language and allow all students to engage in their learning.

You will examine the typical challenges faced by learners with these learning differences and how being neurodiverse can cause barriers to learning, such as how it can affect how we process information. You will explore solutions you can use to overcome learning difficulties, by examining some proven teaching strategies to help students, including multisensory learning techniques.


"  The content has been very informative and offered a lot of helpful and practical strategies. The collaborative tools were great for learning from the other very experienced people on the course. "

Isaac, March 2024

This is an ideal course for any teacher who would welcome the opportunity to understand more about how to support their learners with learning differences. You will also have the opportunity to share your classroom experiences and collaborate with others.

Is this course for you?

Location: Online
English language teachers wanting to learn more about how to support learners of all ages with learning differences
Language Level: B2 or higher
Course dates:
15 January - 20 March 2024 8 April - 12 June 2024
Contact us for 2025 dates
NILE Certificate
Option for Trinity CertPT
Course Length: 8 weeks
Course fees:
Course fee: 495.00
Trinity CertPT qualification (optional): £325
Course Length: 8 weeks
Course fees:
Course fee £495
Minimum age: 18
Max class size: 18
Tutor-led and highly interactive
Live and asynchronous eLearning platforms
Specialist ELT eLibrary
Accredited by AQUEDUTO

Course content

Key terminology used in the field of SEND and inclusion
Understanding specific learning differences, including dyslexia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia, ADHD, autism and other learning needs
Key strategies and techniques to support learners with SpLDs, including multi-sensory learning, graphic facilitation and drama
Educational concepts such as learning styles and Bloom’s taxonomy in the teaching of learners with SpLDs
Strategies to support the development of all four language skills
Strategies for teaching vocabulary, grammar and spelling to learners with SpLDs
Accessibility in teaching and learning
Focus on assessment for learners with additional needs
Mental health issues and strategies to support learning for these learners


" Lots of practical ideas and suggestions for the classroom: a really good toolbox to dip into and use "

Participant, March 2024

Further Information

NILE Online courses are highly interactive and learning takes place through varied and engaging multimedia content and the collaboration between participants from different contexts. All participants work on the same unit in the same week but there is a high level of flexibility within that time period to help you fit studying around your life and work. The interaction via forums and the other powerful digital tools built into the platform help and encourage you to share ideas, ask questions, explore concepts and build up a community.

You need a computer, a headset (with microphone) and an Internet connection. Much of the course can be done on a mobile device, but a computer is needed for certain activities and tasks.

All participants have access to NILE's extensive ELT e-library and an innovative social and cultural programme.

Course Leader: Rachel Öner

Rachel Öner

Rachel is a freelance education consultant, writer and teacher educator based in Norfolk, UK. She has worked in EFL and ESOL for over 30 years, in Spain, France and the UK. Rachel holds Chartered Teacher Status and Advanced Teacher Status (ATS). In 2022 her ATS research project was nominated for Best Improvement Project 2022. Rachel has a keen interest in learning differences and has been awarded several qualifications in neurodiversity needs.

Rachel is the National Co-Chair of NATECLA (The National Association for Teaching English and Community Languages to Adults). She speaks regularly at national and regional conferences in support of ESOL.

You can find out more about Rachel’s work here: