DysTEFL Conference a success in Lodz, Poland
Pre- and in-service teachers of English and teacher trainers took part in the international conference: DysTEFL - Dyslexia for Teachers of English as a Foreign Language. The Department of Pragmatics and the International Educational Projects Office of the University of Lodz, supported by the DysTEFL partnership, organised this one-day event under the auspices of Polish Ministry of Education and Oxford University Press, at the Holiday Inn Hotel (Piotrkowska 229/231, Lodz, Poland, www.hilodz.com) for about 140 delegates from across Europe.
The conference began with a lecture delivered by Dr. Margaret Crombie, an Educational Consultant specialising in Dyslexia and an Associate Lecturer for the Open University. Dr. Crombie?s lecture, Sounds like gibberish?well not for me! Approaches and strategies to help with language learning for those with dyslexia, was the perfect lead in to the expert panel discussion conducted by European specialists in the field of foreign language teaching and learning differences ? dyslexia. Following the invigorating discussion, and a short break, the conference delegates took part in a lecture given by Dr. Anne Margaret Smith from ELT Well. The lecture entitled Inclusive language teaching: Principled practice for teaching English to dyslexic learners outlined teaching principles that help English language teachers meet the needs of their dyslexic language learners..
In the afternoon, conference delegates had a chance to choose and take part in two out of ten workshops offered, each of which concentrated on a single unit from the DysTEFL training course. The training materials consist of ten units that cover a variety of theoretical and practical issues. Each unit comprises several tasks, further divided into steps, which acquaint EFL teachers with a wide repertoire of useful teaching methods, techniques and tools to enhance the quality and effectiveness of foreign language teaching to students with dyslexia.
The conference ended in the early evening generating very positive reactions and feedback. The conference delegates left motivated, equipped with effective and innovative ideas and techniques of supporting dyslexic language learners. They also received the DysTEFL CD with the course materials. If you were unable to attend this international conference, but are interested in the training materials, please visit the sections ?Products? and ?Self-Study Course? of this website. More information on the conference speakers as well as the abstracts is available in the attached conference programme.
Pictures courtesy of Centrum Promocji Uniwersytet Lódzki.