Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Dyslexia for Teachers of English as a Foreign Language

Dyslexia is a specific learning difficulty that has an effect not only on literacy skills in students´ first language, but also on foreign language learning. In order to ensure that dyslexic students successfully acquire necessary levels of foreign language competence, they need additional support.

Foreign language teachers often lack sufficient understanding of the nature of dyslexia and the difficulties it causes in foreign language learning and are not familiar with the relevant teaching techniques and methods to further the language learning processes of dyslexic students.
Therefore the preparation of teacher training materials for this target group of language learners is both timely and highly needed.

 DysTEFL2 project is a continuation of the Comenius Multilateral Project - DysTEFL 518466-LLP-1-2011-PL-COMENIUS-CMP (www.dystefl.eu) and intends to promote an effective approach to teacher training which reflects the latest pedagogical principles in teacher education.

DysTEFL2’s objectives follow from the ideas  put forward in the DysTEFL project and involve the exploitation of the DysTEFL’s outcomes, namely the DysTEFL course. (In DysTEFL2 it was wanted to complement the DysTEFL's achievements by updating/supplementing the course materials, by designing a set of test/quizzes/exams and procedures for confirming the learning outcomes so that validated/certified training to EFL teachers can be offered. 

In DysTEFL2 it is intended to further popularize the ideas promoted by DysTEFL among educational stakeholders. This is how we can trigger further changes in language teacher training, mainstream language teaching and policy making as well. 

The DysTEFL project and its outcomes have been assessed as excellent by the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency, experts in the field of EFL and dyslexia as well as by EFL teachers.  

We want to exchange and spread this good practice by providing EFL pre- and in-service teachers with DysTEFL face-to-face and e-learning courses which will be organized in Poland and European countries which did not participate in the DysTEFL project, namely Greece and Slovenia. The courses will be organized in three countries but we intend to reach EFL teachers also from European countries not involved in the DysTEFL2 consortium. The project timeframe is 01.09.2014 - 31.08.2016.

 Here below you can find the ebook which contains the:
  • Trainer’s Booklet
  • Trainee’s Booklet
  • Test Booklet

 Published by Kids Are Special in TEACHERS and LEARNING DISABILITIES

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