At la Academia, we were recently heartened to read a recent article by Voice of America about students with learning disabilities learning languages. Many of our students here have special educational needs, and we find that in the atmosphere of a supportive, positive language school like ours they can achieve amazing things.

At la Academia we often help students with dyslexia and other special needs, such as Aspergers. One student’s mother recently wrote us a very kind review, saying how la Academia and our teacher Jessica’s support had helped her son achieve an A grade at English GCSE. “Proud mum” Karen said “George has Aspergers and has been very let down by our education system. However Jessica was patient and very encouraging with George and even when he was worrying reassured him he could do well”.

The Voice of America story we read was about a student who is proficient in English, French, Spanish, Italian and German, despite having dyslexia. She is now learning Russian, Mandarin Chinese and Dutch, proving that dyslexia need not be a barrier to learning languages. La Academia’s experience is that schools can be quick to write off a student who has special educational needs as likely to struggle with languages. In fact many find a foreign language to be an interesting challenge, and enjoy the experience, getting good grades into the bargain, if they are properly supported.

If you have a child with special needs who needs help and support with a foreign language, or with core subjects such as English and Maths our teaching staff at la Academia would be very happy to help. Give us a ring or drop us an email to arrange a chat about your child’s specific needs and we will find the right teacher to make them relax and enjoy learning. It’s 0161 491 1444 or