Structure of the course

In order to raise the awareness of foreign language teachers of the needs of students with dyslexia when acquiring another language, to form positive attitudes to dyslexic language learners (in some contexts where negative attitudes prevail) and to facilitate the effective teaching of these students, foreign language teachers need both theoretical knowledge regarding dyslexia and need to acquire practical techniques for the classroom. Therefore, we believe that successful teaching approaches cannot be developed without first laying the theoretical foundations and promoting the understanding of the nature of dyslexia and associated learning differences. Only by understanding the cognitive, emotional and social issues associated with dyslexia can informed pedagogical decisions be made.
Consequently, the course consists of four main topics, which are covered in three modules.

Three versions of the course have been designed. The first version of the course is a face-to-face version of the course, which can be used in foreign language teacher education courses on site, including both pre-service and in-service teacher training provided by institutions of higher education (undergraduate and post-graduate levels), teacher-training workshops, summer schools and commercial teacher training courses (certificate- and diploma level courses). The materials to be prepared for this version of the course include a printed separate trainee?s and trainer?s booklet. These booklets are also available for download in a pdf document format from the project website.

The second version of the course is a slightly adapted version of the face-to-face materials made available online on a static webpage, which is freely available to any interested teacher, teacher trainer, educational psychologists, special education teachers, parents any other stakeholders.

Finally, an accompanying interactive online version of the course has been set up using Moodle to allow for the exploitation of the course for distance education purposes and for blended learning. The Moodle version of the course, however, is only available for project participants and for the dissemination and exploitation events /programs/courses organized. Even though the course exists in three different formats, the same general pedagogical principles are characterized in all of the three versions. The three versions also have the same structure and use the same or highly similar tasks adapted to the nature of the learning environment.

Project-Number: 518466-LLP-1-2011-PL-COMENIUS-CMP         © 2012 DysTEFL – Project Coordinator: University of Lodz
Grant agreement number: 2011-3631/001-001

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.