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Dyslexia and learning modern foreign languages

In this video Dr. Margaret Crombie talks about what can make the learning of modern foreign languages challenging for dyslexic students.

Refer back to what you learned about the nature of dyslexia last week.

Can you answer the following questions:

  • Should students with specific learning differences learn foreign or additional languages? Explain your answer.

  • Will their foreign or additional language learning difficulties resemble the problems they encounter in their native language or will they be different?

  • What aspects of a second language can pose difficulties for dyslexic students?

Write your ideas down in a form of a short note.

Watch the video and reflect on your responses. You can find the mindmap shown in the video in the Downloads area below.

If you have time, you can also read Foreign Language Learning and Dyslexia by Margaret Crombie and tell us which strategies listed in the article you would recommend or use with the dyslexic students you teach.

You can also find the article in the Downloads area below, courtesy of Dr Margeret Crombie and Languages Without Limits.

If you are interested in learning more about the role of dyslexia in learning German you can check out the teacher training materials of the ENGaGE project in German.

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Dyslexia and Foreign Language Teaching

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