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Dyslexia and Foreign Language Teaching

Gain practical tools and theoretical insights to help dyslexic students learn second languages, with this free online course.

  • Duration 4 weeks
  • Weekly study 4 hours
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Why join the course?

Dyslexia affects 10-15% of the population. Dyslexic students are often either exempted from the study of additional languages or they underperform in foreign language classes.

This free online course is designed for current and trainee teachers of additional languages. It offers you practical tools, as well as theoretical insights, to best accommodate and meet the needs of students with dyslexia in foreign or second language classes.

The course gives an up-to-date overview of current theoretical knowledge about the nature of dyslexia and how it affects the learning of additional languages.

You will learn about a variety of useful techniques, including recent computer-assisted tools, which you can take into your classroom, to help students with dyslexia in acquiring another language.

Practical guidance and advice is also provided on enhancing the phonological awareness, vocabulary knowledge and reading skills of dyslexic language learners.

The materials and tasks in the course are designed to be applicable for various age groups of dyslexic students and for a variety of language learning contexts. These include both the teaching of English as a foreign or second language, and the teaching of modern foreign languages.

On this course, you will have the chance to work with other teachers and experts in the field, to share your own experiences and learn from others’.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 11 secondsMost of us learned how to read easily and without needing any explicit teaching. But why is it that only a much smaller proportion of people become experts in reading even after several years of instruction? One of the reasons for difficulties in learning how to read is an underlying difference called dyslexia. Although dyslexia by definition means reading difficulty, it doesn't only affect reading but also other areas of academic performance. One of these areas is the learning of additional languages. Finally, the Wargal turned away. Does it happen that dyslexic difficulties are masked or compensated for in one's first language literacy skills?

Skip to 1 minute and 7 secondsYes, and this is why the responsibility of foreign language teachers is high, because the real nature of this learning difference might only become apparent when one is trying to learn another language. Approximately 10% of people have dyslexic type learning differences, which means that in a class of 10 students we are likely to have at least one student who is dyslexic. Yet teacher education in general and language teacher education in particular rarely prepares educators for working with dyslexic students. This course aims to fill this gap and will equip language teachers with the necessary theoretical knowledge and practical tools to meet the needs of dyslexic language learners in foreign language classrooms.

Skip to 2 minutes and 0 secondsThe course might also be useful to dyslexic language learners and their parents with some background in linguistics and education to help them understand the learning processes and the ways in which they can become successful learners. In this course, we are trying to find the answers to the question, what is dyslexia? How does it affect the learning of additional languages? How can we fully include dyslexic students in a foreign language classroom? And what tasks and techniques are useful to facilitate their learning? The materials and tasks in the course are designed to be applicable for various age groups of dyslexic students and for a variety of language teaching contexts and are based on the award-winning materials of the DysTEFL Project.

Skip to 2 minutes and 54 secondsPlease join us for this four-week course so that you can help dyslexic students to become successful users of another language.

What topics will you cover?

  • The nature of dyslexia and associated learning difficulties
  • The effect of dyslexia and learning difficulties on the learning of additional languages
  • Inclusion in the language classroom
  • Using technology to assist dyslexic language learners
  • Specific tasks and techniques in teaching languages to students with dyslexia

When would you like to start?

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    This course started 15 April 2019

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Demonstrate an understanding of dyslexia and other learning difficulties and their effects on learning additional languages
  • Assess the needs of students with dyslexia and other learning difficulties when learning another language
  • Evaluate resources used in teaching languages to students with dyslexia and other learning difficulties
  • Design language teaching tasks for students with dyslexia and other learning difficulties
  • Apply inclusive language teaching practices in their contexts

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for professional language teachers, secondary school teachers, undergraduates, postgraduates and anyone with an interest in dyslexia and language learning.

Who will you learn with?

Judit Kormos

has been working as an English language teacher, teacher trainer and researcher to promote the full inclusion of dyslexic students in foreign and second language classrooms.

Anne Margaret Smith

Anne Margaret is an English language teacher and a dyslexia assessor. She founded ELT well to bring together these two fields of education and offer training and advice to professionals on both sides.

Who developed the course?

Lancaster University is a collegiate university, with a global reputation as a centre for research, scholarship and teaching with an emphasis on employability.

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