22 March 2017 17:18

A free online course, organised by linguists at Lancaster University, looking at dyslexia and other learning differences, is back by popular demand.

The course, aimed at English language teachers, teachers of modern foreign languages, teacher trainers, educators and trainee teachers who are interested in how they can accommodate and cater for the needs of students with dyslexia in foreign/second language classrooms.

This is the third course of its kind, run in conjunction with FutureLearn, https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/dyslexia  with 18,000 people signing up for the first and second course respectively.

'Dyslexia and language teaching’ starts on 24 April and takes place over four weeks entirely online.

Lead Educator Dr Judit Kormos says: “During the course, based on the award-winning materials of the Dystefl project www.dystefl.eu, you can find out about the nature of dyslexia and how it affects the learning of additional languages.

“You will explore a variety of useful techniques, including recent computer-assisted tools that you can take into the classroom to help students with dyslexia in acquiring another language.”

Dr Kormos, working with dyslexia expert Dr Anne Margaret Smith, will give practical guidance and advice on enhancing the phonological awareness, vocabulary knowledge and reading skills of dyslexic language learners.

The materials and tasks in the course can be applied for various age groups of dyslexic students and for a variety of language learning contexts including the teaching of English as a foreign/second language and the teaching of modern foreign languages.

Enrolment is now open https://www.futurelearn.com/register.