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Dyslexia And Foreign Language Learning

Author: Elke Schneider
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136611789
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Offering strategies and techniques for teaching modern foreign languages - an often severely challenging subject for pupils with dyslexia - this book is specifically designed to meet the needs of the busy subject specialist teacher looking for guidance on supporting pupils. The book examines alternative approaches to teaching modern languages and introduces useful teaching materials and software. A list of references to resources and organizations offer the reader further assistance. While the book focuses on foreign language learning and teaching at the secondary level, ideas are provided on how to adapt the strategies for both younger and older foreign language learners with dyslexia. The book can be used effectively as a professional text for in-service and pre-service foreign language teachers as well as support staff.

Dyslexia In The Foreign Language Classroom

Author: Joanna Nijakowska
Publisher: Multilingual Matters
ISBN: 9781847694003
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This book addresses specific learning difficulties in reading and spelling – developmental dyslexia. Set in the cross-linguistic context, it presents issues surrounding dyslexia from the perspective of a foreign language teacher. It is intended to serve as a reference book for those involved in foreign language teaching, including experienced in-service teachers and novice teachers, as well as teacher trainers and trainees. It offers an up-to-date and reader-friendly study of the mechanisms of dyslexia and an overview of the current research on the disorder, in theoretical and practical terms. Its aim is to help teachers tackle one of the many challenges they face in the modern classroom: the organization of an effective foreign language teaching process for students with dyslexia.

Dyslexia In First And Foreign Language Learning

ISBN: 1443898120
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According to International Educational Statistics (2008), there are total of 654.9 million school-age children in the world. If dyslexia affects 10–15% of these youth (Fletcher et al. 2007), this translates to approximately 65–98 million students with difficulties in reading and writing. The EU strategic plan for education (2010) recognises the need for EU citizens to speak a foreign language. As such, foreign language courses are introduced on an obligatory basis at the primary level of education. Dyslexic students are not exempt from this regulation, and, thus, are confronted with different language systems that must be mastered. The difficulty here escalates if the systems differ significantly in their levels of orthographic transparency. Reading and writing are operationalised by the same biological functions that are defined by the universal perspective. However, language systems differ in terms of their transparency; for example, English and French are considered opaque scripts, whereas Spanish and Italian are described as transparent orthographies. These differences are discussed in this book as part of the language specific perspective, which can, in turn, raise questions such as: “Is a dyslexic student equally impaired in any language they study?” and “Is the type of difficulty primarily dependent on the language system or is it rather a dyslexia syndrome?” This volume provides answers through a synthesis of research on reading difficulties in first and foreign languages and existing taxonomies of dyslexia sub-types.

The Effects Of Dyslexia On Second Language Learning

Author: Hannah Maria Depaoli
Publisher: GRIN Verlag
ISBN: 3668216681
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Seminar paper from the year 2015 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Linguistics, grade: 1,0, University of Graz (Anglistik), course: Research Perspectives on Second Language Acquisition, language: English, abstract: After a general overview on Dyslexia, defining it as an impairment of the ability to recognize and comprehend written language, accompanied by difficulties in writing and spelling as well as slow reading and reduced reading comprehension, general facts about the deficit are presented, such as its prevalence and its official definition in the international ICD-10 catalogue. With regard to the effects of Dyslexia on foreign language learning the topic of orthographies is discussed and various examples for transparent and less transparent orthographies are provided, as several studies have suggested that the transparency of an orthography determines the ease and speed of reading and writing in a language. The orthography of the German and English language are discussed and differences in transparency are pointed out. German, having a rather transparent orthography, i.e. clear-cut grapheme-phoneme correspondences, is easier to adapt to than English, which has a deep orthography with irregular grapheme-phoneme correspondences. The fact that English is an obligatory subject in most curricula makes it essential to find ways to deal with its inconsistency and to design helpful material for both, normally developing and dyslexic students. Several findings about the effects of Dyslexia on foreign language learning are relevant for the foreingn language classroom. Implications for teaching techniques, material and lesson planning are discussed in this paper.

Teaching Languages To Students With Specific Learning Differences

Author: Judit Kormos
Publisher: Multilingual Matters
ISBN: 1847696198
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"This book is intended to help language teachers to work effectively and successfully with students who have specific learning difficulties (SpLD) such as dyslexia. The book takes an inclusive and practical approach to language teaching and encourages teachers to consider the effects that SpLD could have on a language learner. It suggests strategies that can be implemented to enable learners to succeed both in the classroom and in formal assessment"--Publisher.

The Second Language Learning Processes Of Students With Specific Learning Difficulties

Author: Judit Kormos
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 1317432932
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The Second Language Learning Processes of Students with Specific Learning Difficulties is the only recent book available to offer a detailed and in-depth discussion of the second language learning processes of students with specific learning difficulties (SpLDs). It summarizes research advances in the fields of cognitive and educational psychology and integrates them with recent studies in the area of second language acquisition (SLA). Thus the book is relevant not only to readers who are particularly interested in the role of specific learning difficulties in learning additional languages, but also to those who would like to understand how individual differences in cognitive functioning influence SLA. The book focuses on four important areas that are particularly relevant for language learners with SpLDs: the processes of SLA in general and the development of reading skills in particular, the effectiveness of pedagogical programs, the assessment of the language competence of students with SpLDs and identifying SpLDs in another language. The book also views learners with SpLDs in their social and educational contexts and elaborates how the barriers in these contexts can affect their language learning processes. This is an excellent resource for language teachers, students, and researchers in the areas of second language acquisition and applied linguistics.

Foreign Languages For Everyone

Author: Irene Brouwer Konyndyk
ISBN: 9781937532901
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ENDORSEMENTS "This book is a conduit for students, teachers, and teacher educators -- a carefully guided path to making language learning not only possible, but meaningful and fun!" --Marjorie Hall Haley, PhD, Board of Directors of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), Director of Foreign Language Teacher Licensure, George Mason University "Professor Konyndyk has developed a foreign-language pedagogy that makes students' deserts bloom. Foreign-language instructors and special educators will find themselves grateful to her for this contribution. --Lynn E. Snyder, PhD, CCC-SLP, Professor Emerita and Former Director of the Center for Language and Learning, University of Colorado at Boulder "Though I was told for such a long time 'No, you can't, ' you constantly were a voice saying 'Yes, you can and you will.' You not only helped show me that the world of language is one that is possible for me, but you also showed me the way that we . . . can have such a positive impact on the lives of others." --a personal note from one of Irene's own at-risk students ABOUT "FOREIGN LANGUAGES FOR EVERYONE" "This book is about how I learned to teach a second language to those who either have failed before or were not really given a chance to succeed. I wrote it to help others to be smart, productive teachers of foreign languages to students with learning disabilities. The book called me. My life journey prepared and inspired me to write it." --Irene Brouwer Konyndyk, from her preface "Foreign Languages for Everyone" is based on Professor Irene Brouwer Konyndyk's careful study and classroom experience teaching foreign languages effectively to students with learning disabilities. The goal of serving at-risk students became highly personal for Irene when she realized that her own daughter had a learning disability but could succeed academically with the right combination of multisensory learning experiences. This is a wonderfully practical and inspiring book loaded with practical tips and pedagogical insights for successfully teaching foreign languages to children, young people, high school and college students, and older adults who have difficulty learning a second language. ABOUT IRENE AND HER FREE ONLINE RESOURCES Irene Brouwer Konyndyk has taught languages at all levels -- from elementary through college. She received the Calvin College Innovative Teaching Award for her groundbreaking work developing a successful curriculum for at-risk second-language learners. She leads workshops across North America. Her free website, FOREIGN LANGUAGES FOR EVERYONE, provides: (1) downloadable copies of book-related appendixes, forms, and lesson plans, (2) illustrative video and audio clips, (3) news about important developments at the intersections of special education, learning disabilities, and foreign-language instruction, and (4) a community for second-language instructors to share best practices. TEACHING ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE (ESL) This book is ideal for educators and volunteers who teach English as a second language (ESL).

Supporting Learners With Dyslexia In The Elt Classroom

Author: Michele Daloiso
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0194403300
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This book provides specific support to teachers who need to accommodate learners with dyslexia in their ELT classrooms – guiding them through the main steps of the process with clear explanations, suggestions, and practical tools. Areas covered include: • the nature and causes of dyslexia • emotional, cognitive, and linguistic factors connected to dyslexia and English as a foreign, second, or other language • methodological guidelines for making English language teaching accessible for learners with dyslexia • strategies for phonological and orthographic work • developing communicative skills in oral and written language • accessible language testing and assessment in classroom-based and official contexts. Extra resources are available on the website:

Teaching Efl To Students With Dyslexia

Author: Louise Ebenhöh
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 9781503266384
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Lively, original, motivating and fun, this book offers practical advice on how to improve your EFL lessons for your student with dyslexia. Written by a qualified EFL teacher and dyslexia trainer, and based on sixteen years of experience, this book 1. explains, step by step, how to make lessons multi-sensory; 2. looks at the four language skills in turn and discusses how to make them hands-on for the student; 3. shows how to make learning vocabulary physical; 4. looks at each tense individually and shows how to teach it kinaesthetically; and 5. targets specific aspects of grammar and demonstrates with examples, how any grammar point can be adapted to make it accessible, physical and memorable for a student with dyslexia. This book is purely practical: it shows how to structure a lesson in a way that makes use of the strengths of the dyslexic brain. It looks at how people with dyslexia learn - the creativity, the problem solving, the ability to see connections, the big picture approach - and uses these strengths to inform lesson-planning. It also recognises the issues that students with dyslexia face - weak short term memory, delays in processing information, delays in accessing material already learnt - and shows how to plan a lesson to allow for these issues, in ten minute chunks with one piece of realia per chunk, with plenty of repetition to achieve automaticity. Discussing how to manage repetition in a way that is engaging and fun, it lists the range of realia needed to create humorous, memorable, eccentric and innovative lessons. This is a book for teachers who are just beginning their careers, but also for those with years of experience. A student with dyslexia needs movement, hands-on experience, and memorable "hooks" to learn new material. But this book does more than just repeat this message: it shows in everyday practical detail how to apply those ideas in the classroom to every aspect of language learning. Can you guess, for example, how three wide baskets on the floor and a set of rubber bricks help to practise conjugation? Or why you need a bag of plastic animals to teach the comparative and superlative? An EFL teacher needs a lot of skills, building up good rapport and giving constant positive feedback, tailoring lessons to the individual student. Teaching a student with dyslexia requires these abilities and more. This book offers practical ideas, using examples from the author's personal experience in a lively, humorous and motivating tone. This is a timely and valuable contribution to the resources available to EFL teachers.

Inclusive Language Education And Digital Technology

Author: Elina Vilar Beltrán
Publisher: Multilingual Matters
ISBN: 1847699758
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This volume brings together chapters which collectively address issues relating to inclusive language education and technology. Topics include language teaching to the Deaf, Hard of Hearing and students with dyslexia, benefits of multimodal approaches for language learning, examples of software use in the language classroom, and copyright matters. The book demonstrates not only a commitment to inclusive practices but suggests practical ideas and strategies for practising and aspiring language teachers and those in support roles. The book also provides case studies and relates the issues to theoretical and policy frameworks. In drawing on different European perspectives, the book aims to promote discussion and collaboration within an international community of practice, especially about the role of technology in widening and strengthening opportunities for teachers and pupils alike and ensuring more effective Modern Foreign Language teaching, learning and assessment for all learners.