Dyslexia for Teachers of English as a Foreign Language

6 Participating countries:
Start: 01/11/2011
Project Reference: 518466-LLP-1-2011-1-PL-COMENIUS-CMP
EC Grant: 265557.0 EUR
Website: www.dystefl.eu
Part of :

Education and training\Life long learning (2007-2013)\COMENIUS\Multilateral projects


The project aims to reinforce support for dyslexic students in mainstream education through foreign language
teacher training.
Dyslexia can bring about serious educational consequences which leave their imprint on social and emotional
well-being of an individual, during school years and later on in adulthood. Individuals with dyslexia are prone to
encounter difficulties in foreign language study, varying in scope and intensity. At the same time teachers’
awareness of dyslexia still seems rather poor and that is why explaining the nature of dyslexic difficulties and
effective teaching methods to pre-service and in-service foreign language teachers is so important. There exist
great social demand and pressure on teachers to be able to understand and help students with dyslexia to
achieve success in educational endeavour. Also foreign language teachers themselves repeatedly report the
need for a comprehensible guidance on how to work with these students, since these issues very rarely
constitute a part of curricula realized during teacher training.
Project outcomes will include the following: results of conducted needs analysis, course design – general
framework, content matter and worksheets; Internet-based learning modules (moodle/VLE) for teachers;
exploitation plan for implementing results, European Website+platform providing a source and forum for
information exchange and reflection.
We believe that well-qualified foreign language teachers – aware of dyslexic difficulties, possessing relevant
skills, materials, techniques, methods and pedagogical strategies – are better prepared to cater for the needs of
students with dyslexia with reference to successful inclusion into mainstream foreign language classroom. We
intend to concentrate on teachers of English because it is the most commonly taught foreign language at
European schools and at the same time very difficult, especially for students with dyslexia, due to its
orthographic depth.



At www.dystefl.eu information of the project and its first outcomes such as completed needs analysis report, designed overall structure of the course as well as the sample units of the course are available.

Other data
Typology: Product 9 - Websites, databases

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 foreign language teachers with a wide repertoire of useful teaching methods, techniques and tools so that the quality and effectiveness of foreign language teaching to students with dyslexia can be enhanced.
The following units are included, which constitute three modules that are built on each other.
I. Foundations module
1. The nature of dyslexia
2. Specific learning difficulties associated with dyslexia
3. Identification of dyslexia
4. The effect of dyslexia on foreign language learning
II. General teaching principles module
5. Accommodations of dyslexic learners in the foreign language classroom and overview of teaching techniques
III. Specific teaching and assessment techniques module
6. Phonological and orthographic awareness in English as a foreign language
7. Techniques for teaching vocabulary and grammar
8. Techniques for teaching listening and speaking
9. Techniques for teaching reading and writing
10. The assessment of dyslexic language learners

Other data
Typology: Product 2 - Handbooks, manuals, other training tools, Product 3 - Innovative education and training modules, Product 6 - Online education and training material (e-learning)


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