Students with special education needs can benefit and thrive in FSL programs. All efforts should be made to design and deliver a program that supports a wide range of learning styles and needs.
Teachers in FSL programs use assessment strategies to identify strengths and learning needs, provide Differentiated Instruction, and implement a Tiered Approach of strategies through the Universal Design for Learning to ensure students are set up for success. Teachers in FSL programs develop an IEP (Individual Education Plan) for a student with special education needs in FSL, if it is deemed necessary.
The Ministry of Education policy document entitled Including Students with Special Education Needs in French As A Second Language Programs, 2015 states that “The foundational belief that all students can learn applies to students across all subjects and program areas.” (page 3).
TDSB's French as a Second Language Department has adapted the following document from Ontario's Modern Language Council to help our teachers program adaptations for students with special education needs:
Including Students with Special Education Needs in French As A Second Language Programs
Fact Sheet - Special Education & Inclusion in French Programs