The use of Assistive Technology (AT) in teaching English to students with special educational needs (SEN) during the COVID 19 pandemic




assistive technology, students with special educational needs, english language learning, training, COVID-19


The use of Assistive Technology (AT) in foreign language learning has increased over the last decades thanks to new technological advances and the development of different digital tools (Huang et al., 2016; Khan et al., 2020). This research analyzes in-service teachers’ preparation and digital competence in the use of AT for students with specific educational needs in general, and particularly in learning English as a foreign language, and their experience during the COVID-19 pandemic. Quantitative and qualitative data were gathered through different research instruments such as a survey completed by 110 in-service teachers and a semi-structured discussion with a focus group of 10 English-language teachers from different schools. The results show the lack of knowledge and digital skills in the use of AT and the need to improve access to technological resources and teacher training programs.


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