B. Camacho National High School
Teacher III

Again it is better to have a remedy than nothing at all. Remedial as a remedy for all the students who wants to ensure the desired quality of learning is a big help. It is very essential for ensuring effective learning and in improving the quality of education. It is a type of teaching aimed at correcting errors or addressing gaps in knowledge.

The teacher, like the physician, uses test instruments to find out the difficulties in English language learning. There fore, diagnostic test provides a detailed picture of strengths and weaknesses in the areas of students learning. The stages of diagnostic testing are: Identifying the students who need help, locating the error/learning difficulties, and discovering the causal factors. After locating the area where the difficulty lies, as a teacher we should devise some strategy to overcome the problems in learning.

Therefore remedial education teachers should be trained to tailor their classes to a wide range of different learning styles. Remedial  is identifying slow learners and giving them the necessary guidance to help them overcome their problems, after identifying their areas of difficulty. Contrary to what is said, remedial teaching is done perfunctorily without identifying their areas of difficulty and underlying cause for lagging behind.

Some students are unsympathetically branded as `block heads’ without an earnest attempt to know the real cause of their slow learning. They should assess each student’s individual proficiency level and then create a plan for that student’s learning. From time to time during the classes, teachers should evaluate the progress of individual students and modify their learning plan as needed. Thus, teachers help each student improve their self-confidence throughout the course of the program.

By: Gregorio B. Castro

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