Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an instructional framework developed from education and neuroscience research. Based on the knowledge that there is no such thing as an ‘average’ learner, the central claim of UDL is that the diverse learning needs of students are best addressed through curricula and lessons that provide multiple means of Representation, Engagement, and Action and Expression. The UDL framework applies to the whole curriculum and is used to create flexible goals, methods, materials, and assessments that address learner diversity and reduce learning barriers to provide effective learning opportunities for all learners, including English language learners and students with disabilities. This presentation will introduce the background and theoretical basis of UDL and show how it can be used to effect positive change in English language learning contexts. It will demonstrate the potential of UDL to help English language educators and administrators in facing the challenges of the diverse and ever-changing English language classrooms of a globalized world. Attendees of this presentation can expect to take away not only an understanding of the theoretical basis of UDL, but also practical examples of how to use its principles and guidelines to design and implement effective learning opportunities that reduce learning barriers and improve learning outcomes for all English language learners.
Paul Dickinson, Meijo University, Japan
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